Adams: Developmental education critical for underprepared students

A few years ago, I was teaching a traditional “developmental” writing class of 20 students at Community College of Baltimore County; the goal for such classes is to help underprepared students catch up to their peers through research-supported education. Two students in my class were suffering from PTSD, one had epileptic seizures several times during the semester, one had a brother killed just a month into the semester, and 16 worked at least 30 hours a week. Four of my students had graduated from high school without ever having read a complete book or written an essay. (Balt. Sun)

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