jeffpelline says: June 20, 2014 at 6:42 am
Jesuit High School is looking better all the time! LOL. For the record, the entire Sacramento Diocese has embraced Common Core, and the Pope is a Jesuit, known for work in education (founding schools, colleges, universities and seminaries), intellectual research, and cultural pursuits.
Let’s hope the vocal hard-right wing nuts in our community (some of whom shun a college education) don’t ruin our solid public schools with their single-minded agenda. It’s selfish and uniformed.
I am a right wing conservative, and I do not think that every high school graduate should go on to college directly from high school. Some grads know what career path they want to pursue, others are less certain. Some grads are just not qualified, and would be better served to pursue a career based on specific skill sets, consistent with their interests and level of academic achievements.
One of my most satisfying jobs was a heavy equipment operator. At the end of the day, I could look at my accomplishments, the yards of ditch dug, the cubic yards of earth moved, the acres plowed, etc. The pay was excellent.
When High School Councilors push all students toward a career that requires four years of college they are doing the graduates a disservice, only about 30% of community college students graduate with a two year degree, or transfer to a 4 year university.
A new study conducted by the Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy at Cal State Sacramento and reported by the Los Angeles Times found that the large majority of community college students failed to obtain a degree or transfer to a four-year institution. These students typically dropped out – some with a significant amount of debt and no degree to help them. In addition, only 40% of community college students achieved sufficient credit hours in school to boost their potential in the workforce.
Insisting that all students are college material does the student a disservice, and can do grave damage to the students self esteem, when they fail and have crushing debt. It would be better if high schools helped students develop business skills, the ability to enter local commerce with the skills local merchants, contractors, and transportation companies need.
Demanding that all students go to college is being an elite liberal snob. Each graduate has their own set of needs and desires and college may not be one of them. Yet, the schools are not preparing these students for the alternatives.