Are Hawaii’s high schools preparing students for college? Not adequately, according to a report released this week, which found that nearly 40 percent of state public high school graduates who enrolled in the University of Hawaii system in 2009 had to take remedial English and math classes—essentially relearning things they should have already been taught.
The picture on Maui is no rosier. Baldwin (35 percent remedial math, 30 percent remedial English) and King K. (41 percent remedial math, 31 percent remedial English) were close to the state average. Meanwhile, at Maui High a whopping 48 percent of grads were lagging in both subjects, according to the figures from Hawaii P-20.
High schools shouldn’t shoulder all the blame; education is a cumulative process and knowledge gaps only widen with time. But the numbers underscore a fact that’s already clear to most teachers, parents and casual observers: our schools—and our keiki—need help.