SDSU: Math 141 Switch to off-line class
We request that the San Diego State University Mathematics department change the course: "Math 141: Pre-calculus" to an Off-Line (traditional) class on the grounds that the course is "bound to fail" people with the incomplete and inferior material and system which it applies. Students over the semesters have tried to gather signatures and have tried to get the university's attention but have been always turned down. The instructor provides minimum-to-no help in dealing with these issues, he mostly replies with a generic answer. This is not a "you can't try to change a class just because you are doing poorly" scenario; this is the sum of many failed students who actually tried over time and failed due to an unfair system. If the university is concerned of the budget cuts, lets us express our sympathy, but at the same time let us display our discomfort with the university's decisions. Failing people and systematically forcing them to repeat and repeat is more costly than giving a proper and worthy education. Nowhere in the course description given prior to enrolling in the class states that there is a loss of points for not attending tutoring sessions. Many, if not most of the students, hold part-time and some full-time jobs, and were not counting with the mandatory tutoring sessions in their schedule. If the course was made online, we should be able to complete it strictly with the material given online. Many of us know people in the A.S. who can maybe be heard more than us, so spread the word to anyone who has sympathy for this cause. The university's ombudsman advises students to first try to resolve this with the professor then to his superior and so forth, but how will we reach the real authority on this matter if we cannot surpass the first step which is our own professor? I invite, and urge you to sign this convenient electronic petition and participate in trying to make this system more fair.