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When I was in high school in Mount Vernon, Washington, I took advantage of a program called Running Start. The school district provided funding for high school students to take courses at the local community college. This provided students with 1) more challenging and interesting classwork and an opportunity to accumulate college credits transferable to a 4-year college (like AP courses, but better), or 2) additional classes and credits for students who were behind in their school work and wanted to graduate on time and/or early, depending on the students individual situation. For me, I was able to get an Associate's degree and a HS degree at the same time and transferred to a four year college with 2 years already under my belt. It made college more affordable and allowed me to challenge myself academically.
I highly recommend this program for other students across the country. I agree with Bill from NY that it would get more youth into the college, but think that would only be a good thing to further the educational advancement of our workforce. The more educated we are, the better and more high skilled jobs will be possible.
would forced out high school seniors qualify for unemployment?
the race to the bottom goes on. we're number one on the bottom!
maybe this: students work/study at home thursdays and fridays!
Of course, though we'd save in education costs if we did this, though according to the above logic we might be getting more kids to go to college, we'd also be swelling the ranks of the workforce, which would mean a further lowering of wages and an increase in unemployment....
So by all means, cut out a couple years from high school, but meet the current curriculum goals of our 12-year system by the end of year 10. The result would be far more engaging and would turn our public schools especially into something more than the infantilizing child-care it first and foremost is.
Our education system is so watered down and so boring as a result that it's no wonder it achieves such deleterious effects after 12 years of education. Ask college instructors dismayed at the increasing amount of remedial work incoming students require.
Is there any funding going toward adult education, specifically in ESL or other programs for immigrants?
Critics of the stimulus mention that unemployment has gone up in the last year fail to note that we were losing 700,000 jobs a month when Obama took office. If there was no stimulus the unemployment rate would be 15.7% rather than the 9.7% it has now topped out.
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