It is like your house in on fire but you put all your energy in fixing a falling mailbox.
What should scare everyone, is that many students who have no required school preparation go to a for-profit college with a very low acceptance threshold, and then drop out because they simply cannot learn at the college level. Or even worse - get a diploma. But that piece of paper does not guarantee any actual solid professional skills.
BTW: all the talk about math anxiety (and it is a lot) is BS.
Naturally, some children may be born with a nervous more prone to anxieties than other children. But in that case they may have many
anxieties, and math is just one of those. But there are people who like to write about it for the sake of publicity.