Category Archives: High School Graduation
It would be hard to find a family that isn’t trying to cut back because of the recession. A lot of us pack our lunch for work, have gone back to basic cable, are wearing last years coat and aren’t planning a great vacation.
One place that no parent wants to cut out of the budget is their kid’s college education. The great thing is that with a little investigation and planning you should be able to find programs that let maximize the benefits of a college degree while minimizing what you’ll spend on college.
Recently the 2010 State of College Admission Report was released. It is a comprehensive look at college admissions in the United States. It covers everything from how many applications colleges are receiving to enrollment management strategies and wait lists. And in Chapter 4 it looks at Factors in the Admission decision.
In Mississippi the state College Board voted in 2005 to add additional requirements to what is needed to graduate. These were to be in effect by 2012. They added an additional upper-level math class, advanced science class, additional history class, and one more visual or performing arts class. In 2010 they voted to change it all back…
Mississippi and ACT Recommendations
According to ACT’s core curriculum recommendations, “four years of English and three years each of mathematics, science, and social studies” are what is needed to be ready for college (assuming a decent grade is made in the courses as well). As far as I can find out Mississippi requires three “units” each of history, math, and science, and four of English.
There is a school in San Fernando Valley that was in a low income area and one of the district’s lowest achieving schools. The population in the school consisted of many students still learning the English language, many parents of the students had not graduated from high school, and half of the ninth graders did not graduate. Sounds pretty grim, doesn’t it? However this is also where many wonderful, effective, and caring teachers work. Teachers who work here do more than just show up for a paycheck. The teachers who work here really care about the students and the community.
Are you someone who thought the military will take just about anyone who is willing to serve out country? If your not, you probably know someone who thinks this is true. However the sad truth is that we are graduating students from high school who can’t even pass the entrance exam.
Almost one fourth of students who take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) fail this entrance exam for the armed services. That right there is scary, but then you factor in that “75 percent of those aged 17 to 24 don’t even qualify to take the test because they are physically unfit, have a criminal record or didn’t graduate high school,” according to Pentagon data. OK, so who’s going to protect and serve this great country of ours?
I read an article about high schools adding things to their curriculum that will help the students get a job after graduation. It seems like a good idea, of course, but it made me wonder what they were doing before they made this decision. Isn’t that what high school was always intended for – to prepare students for the next step be it in a job or higher education?
We all know it’s good to be green. We all know we should be green. Most of us do something a little greener than we use to, but how many of us are really planning for a green future? Well about one third of community colleges nationwide are doing just that.
A number of community college presidents have decided to try out a type of public-private partnership like President Obama is encouraging. This partnership is designed to help both sides achieve a beneficial result. Many community colleges are working with SEED (Sustainability Education and Economy Development) as a way to prepare their graduates for the future in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency, green building, and sustainability. Why is the focus on community colleges?
In one of ACT’s recent reports, Mind the Gaps: How College Readiness Narrows Achievement Gaps in College Success, it was discovered that even with a disadvantaged background success in college depends on a few key factors.
The factors most focused on during this report are: college readiness (defined as meeting or exceeding ACT college readiness benchmarks), taking the ACT recommended core curriculum in high school (four years of English, three of math, science, and social studies), taking course beyond the recommended core in math and science. It was then determined if students were successful in college with this protocol having been met while in high school. Success in college was defined as first year enrollment immediately following high school graduation, earning a grade of B or higher in selected first year course, and maintaining a 3.0 grade point average the first year. A lot to look at, right?
I remember being a high school senior and thinking that a college degree was a guarantee of any job that I wanted. A college degree would open doors and get me my dream job. There were opportunities everywhere, it seemed, and more good jobs than people applying for them.
High school seniors that are preparing for college, today, may need to take a hard look at the job market and their futures before deciding on a major. A college degree is an expensive investment and it’s a good idea to do some research…what are the fastest growing jobs…what do jobs in certain fields pay…what jobs are disappearing…and how can I stay out of the unemployment line?
Yet another news story about teen dropout rates came out the other day. I was so surprised to read that if you smoke or have ADHD the rate is much higher. WOW… Really?
Let’s address smoking first. The person who smokes (even in high school) is someone who probably does things just because he or she can. This person is old enough to purchase tobacco products at the ripe old age of eighteen. This person may feel powerful at being able to make this purchase and say “What are you going to do about it, the law says I can?” to Mom or Dad. This would suggest this type of person probably is not thinking about long term future plans. The thoughts that fill this person’s mind are more of an immediate type. The “this is what I want so I’ll go and get it right now” type of thought.