Thursday, February 18, 2010

High School in 2?

Here's an article about finishing HS in 2 years then going to CC's.What do you think?

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12 comments:

Stephanie Marie said...

I do not like the idea of completeing high school in 2 years and attending community colleges. I like the running start program and feel that that program should stay in place. I think students still need the guidance that a high school can bring.

Morgan W. said...

Yeah, isn't that just like a more extreme version of Running Start? Besides, it lowers the expectations of CC and makes the students start off at a lower level, paying for what they should have learned in high school instead.

Naomi Robinson said...

I think that only two years in higshcool is a little scary because once the kids graduate, they'll be put in an environment with people much older than them and that's not good for their young and developing minds.

George W. said...

I think that the Running Start program is a lot better than this option. They are basically the same thing, except with Running Start the students don't have to pay full tuiton, and they have High School advisors to discuss issues with. It's not that the younger students aren't capable, but rather Running Start is more beneficial to them.

Justin Burton said...

Also think about those of us who are not in high school. With a sudden upturn of high schoolers filling the halls of YVCC we will have larger class sizes, more difficulty getting into classes, and dare I say even less parking.

Alyssa D said...

actually, it's safe to assume that accomidations would be made to fit the incoming students. high school sizes would be reduced meaning more money would go into the colleges and so they would be expanded; meaning the class sizes probably wouldn't become to much bigger, nor would the parking spaces or classes become any more scarce then they already are. I think it could save us money; those kids who don't want to go to college can go to vocational school rather than wasting two extra years worth of money. Also, those who do go to college don't have to waste time in classes that won't help them later because they'll get to pick their own classes, in turn getting them to think earlier about the career paths that they want to pursue instead of doing the theoretical nonsense in 7th period like those dumb career path and personality test sheets. If they go to college, they may realize how important it is for them to have a real career plan because the time that they need to decide what they're going to do in life will seem that much closer.

Jennifer S. said...

Wow, I think that having kids completing high school and then going to community colleges is a bad idea. children need to have the extra years in a public school to really be prepared for life. college needs to be done after they graduate high school, It helps them grow and develop skills later on when it is time to attend college. this way they will be socially, emotionally and developmentally ready for the challenges of college life.

Seth Martin said...

Hm an interesting article and discussion. I am in fact, a full time running start student. I don't necessarily like the idea of finishing up high school in 2 years simply because I am highly involved in the community there among other things. But I know some people who are frankly far beyond the level of education a high school can provide. I finished every math class my high school offered and it left me with only one choice: Running Start.

It's kind of the same idea behind religion, or abortion, or global warming, or any other controversial issue. It's up to the person who wants to make the decision for his or herself.

Seth Martin said...

And another thing, not all of us necessarily need those skills. I know a few high school friends who are FAR beyond their years and 2/3 of every college student I've met. I also know college students who would be better off in middle school. I don't mean to play devil's advocate here, but things like running start, early hs completion, and anything else are far too subject to multiple dimensions and variables to be all cased into one opinion or the other.

Joanne K said...

I think this idea is very interesting and I'd like to learn more about how it works. It seems to be very similar to the running start program we already have. I have always admired the different school systems in other countries and how well they work, and I think we should make a change to be more like them. Students who want to go to work can finish high-school in 2 years, and get enrolled in community college, making people who want to do that get a higher education than they might otherwise. And people who want to go to a 4-year will be much more prepared than students are today.

Brittany8 said...

I really don't like this whole idea of high school in two years. I think high school is good for students socially, what about the dances, games and everything else. Running start is available now and its an awesome program that should be kept in place. Also Students grow up so much in those four years, if they finish after two years will they really be mature enough to take on college work? I think this is possibly setting them up for failure.

Tanner U. said...

I think that this is practically the same as running start except it is their choicce to go into college or to go into the labor force... So this could mean more kids go to college because less years of education is required or it could mean we are letting some kids off the hook and into the real world to early...