Friday, January 06, 2012

Washington DC schools now debate whether all students should aim for college; should teens (and tweens) blog?

Here are a couple of educations stories:

Should all high school students in Washington DC (or any city) be forced or expected to take college admission tests and pursue higher education?  The story Jan. 3 by Tim Craig and Emma Brown is (website url) here about the DC school system in a post-Michelle-Rhee world. Her legacy remains.  (Remember, she didn't care what people other  thought; she "knew" she was right!) 

I can remember teaching at the University of Kansas as a graduate assistant 1966-1967 when many students had to take “remedial algebra”, the taking of which added to the hours required for graduation. This happened during the years of the Vietnam era draft, for men at least, and student deferments, where going to college could become a matter of survival – and social inequality.

On the other end, there are people who skip college and do very well at something, like acting, or starting businesses.  Mark Zuckerberg, after all, dropped out of Harvard at 20 to start Facebook. On the other hand (as shown on a Dr. Phil episode that I recall), people have dropped out of school, had babies and then tried things like flipping real estate to make “a fortune”. Welcome to the crash of 2008.

It’s true, more education (even community college) could mean a more stable economy in the long run.

Here’s another story, in favor of teen blogging, on “mom’s MSN”, link here.  The story title says "Boost your teens' self-esteem: let them blog!" In 2006, a Fairfax County English teacher (and college English professor at George Mason University simultaneously) tried a blogging assignment, all “rated G” with her seniors, and made the school administration nervous.  But it went very well.  Should teens (and tweens) blog in "public mode" (for "everyone")? 

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