On the other hand

1. Co-Enrollment. In California it’s been around for about 20 years maybe? When CA decided to stop letting kids who had enough credits graduate early, we did an offshoot into the community colleges.

2. Back up a step, please. Coming from an Asian “the only three universities worth attending are Stanford, Harvard or Yale, or possibly MIT if you are going to major in Physics or Math” family, it took a long time for me to realize that some kids are more gifted in working with their hands than strict academia. My brother for example, can naturally fix or repair anything that is broken. He would have been far better off going a Vo-Tech route if that had been allowed in our family, that being “guided” into a traditional scholar route.

3. Income (or lack of it) limits opportunities, that’s just a fact. But what is far MORE influencing, is the value of active parenting in the home, particularly parents who put a high value on education. When I lived in Hong Kong, my (then) only went to school at age 2–that’s when school starts in Asia. She spoke no Chinese, I was functionally illiterate (in Chinese) but we both worked to make it a success.

I have worked with plenty of non-english speaking parents (english ones too) who do not see the value in education, whose comfort zone is focused on the here and now. While I sympathized with their situation, you have to be willing to make the sacrifices today to have a better tomorrow.

I live in Maryland and we are ranked in first place

Our drop out rates are fairly good and students here are expected to write essay exams by 2nd grade. What has happened is that our special education numbers are higher than average. Personally, I do not think that the answer is asking students to do developmentally inappropriate tasks, but to focus more on quality at the middle and high levels. Instead of pushing students to graduate when they can barely read, the options would be to continue to educate them and as long as they attend classes and do their best, they can get a Hugh school certificate of completion. This is an option for special education students, but I think that it should be an option for all. There are some jobs where persistence and dependability are more important than school smarts. This would tell these employers that these applicants have that important character trait.

Or, the other option that we provide is to continue taking classes until age 21. My school district offers this. Or, we have some students that complete courses through home study or self-paced online learning. Just as long as standards are high then I would rather see it done this way. Offer options to help students meet the standards, but do not lower them.

The trend is going back to go tech and tracking students

But only in states that opted out of common core. The college track is so much harder than 20 years ago. The problem is that low income and race will be part of tracking. Language skills are critical and studies prove that on AVERAGE low income and esl students enter school with much less language skills. Thus they start off behind and may never catch up. Thus those kids get put in non college bound classes. Texas is not in common core and we are trying hard to figure it out.

I guess when I killed the “snake” BOA I broke the website for the account

I have been trying every day since I made the final payment to get a screen shot of it showing the account zeroed after the payment posted. (I do have one of the payment confirmation for my payday loan). No such luck it keeps saying that viewing the account is temporarily unavailable—for three days now. Yet I can log in and view my still receiving payments account with no problem.

Oh well, I guess they are like Lowe’s once you pay them off you can forget about ever viewing anything online with them again. Man, spoil all my fun, I wanted that screen shot.

Anyway, if you are paying off a BOA that if you have previously closed the account, like I had, know that chances are you will not get the satisfaction of seeing on screen the zero balance. So gather all your proof the day you pay it off before you log out, because you may never be able to log back in.

The problem is

That we have dumbed down the requirements for high school graduation so that this doesn’t mean much anymore. The employers need something to show who stands out and now that has to be a college degree. If we could graduate people from high school that were truly educated, then the employers would feel that it meant more. College would be for developing the skills needed for a particular profession rather than for developing a general educated mind.

But, I think that it’s too late for that. When we set a goal of increasing the number of high school graduates, they lowered the standards to get that diploma. Any efforts to increase those standards will be met with resistance. IMHO, we ought to provide certificates of completion for those that cannot meet the academic standards.