… yeah. I’ve heard that one before.
A professor at UT Law, has made this bold statement. You now think I’m about to go OFF!
Well … not quite.
Even though Prof. Lino Gragalia sounds like a bigot, he’s not worthy of me going off on. Instead I will break down the real reasons of failure that he’s blaming on single mothers and low socioeconomic conditions.
There is a lot of research about first generation college students out there. It is known that first gens do have a hard time meeting the academic demands of college and as a result sometimes do not complete their degree on time, if it all. But it’s not their mother’s fault …
… blame public schools and slow moving education reform.
In areas where there is a high concentration of female householders, with no husband present who’s income is below poverty level. there are also low-achieving or failing schools. You may have done well in your K-12 education but when you make it to college you are still under prepared and ill-equipped for the demands of the college classroom.
As a matter of fact, it’s not just first generation college students facing this problem. It’s everyone (depending on where you live). In the “great” state of Louisiana, I saw this a lot at LSU. Honor roll students, who went to so-called good school having a tough time making the transition. Yes, you may have been valedictorian of a good school in Vernon Parish. Put in perspective, you went to a top school in a state that ranks 49th in education. Now you attend a top tier university in your own state and can’t hack it. I’m not surprised. I blame the education system, not your mom.
This professor isn’t wrong in point out this problem however, he’s blaming the wrong factors.