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The College Problem In High School

Posted in Education, Politics with tags , , , on June 24, 2008 by raingeg

In today’s society to much is taken for granted, we take the little parts of nature for granted, we take love for granted, and we even take life for granted. And on a smaller, more finite scale, we take education for granted. After all we do live in the “richest nation in the world” a phrase I try to avoid, because it usually ends up used as an excuse to push redistribution of wealth and socialist ideals in your face. The argument is that we’re the richest country in the world, then why not give some of that money back to the people? Well, there’s an easy way to accomplish that goal, tell the government to stop stealing it, cut our taxes, and let us keep it before it gets all screwed up in the hands of the politicians. Now back to the subject, we take education for granted.

It used to be that not many people went to college. You always hear stories about peoples parents that never went to college and managed to hold three jobs and raise five kids, that’s my grandparents. These day’s those stories aren’t around as much and its nearly taken for granted that kids will attend some sort of college after high school. The National Science Foundation website say’s that “In 2005, 69% of students ages 16–24 enrolled in a 2- or 4-year postsecondary institution in the fall immediately after high school graduation, compared with 51% in 1975.” That say’s a lot about how times have changed, in 1975 nearly half of the nations high school students went to college, to point out the obvious, that means half of the nation’s students did not go to college and did something else with their lives. It would be hard to prove that that number has had a negative impact on our nation. We know that half of our nation was not poor during the nineties and early two thousands, when most of these people’s kids were either entering or finishing up with high school. In fact I would say that the nearly 70 percent in 2005 reflects the exact opposite. It shows that the generation that was evenly split was wealthier than the one prior, giving their children even more of an opportunity to go to college.

Alright, we’ve established that a majority of high school students are now going to college, we can now ask the question, is that a good thing or a bad thing? On the outset that looks like a good thing and it is, to a degree. I would contend that this is one reason why high school education has become so bad. When a student enters pre-school they are preparing the student for elementary school. When they move up to elementary school they are preparing them for middle school and middle school prepares them for high school. In high school you run into an interesting situation, the children who once had no choice as to what grade they would go into next, are now young adults and they have a choice. But do these young adults, like myself, have the best education, which allows for them to make an educated choice as to whether or not they should go to college? I would say the answer is no!

I don’t think it is to hard to prove that high schools have adopted the principal that pre, elementary, and middle school’s have adopted. The pattern of preparing students for the next step in their educational career. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) in “1940, more than half of the U.S. population had completed no more than an eighth grade education.” Imagine that, 50 percent of American children in 1940 didn’t even go to high school, and by 1975 51 percent of students were enrolling in college, a number now nearly at 70 percent. They also say that only “6 percent of males and 4 percent of females had completed 4 years of college.” All together 10 percent of the nations students actually finished college. This doesn’t tell us what enrollment rates were in 1940 but it does tell us that they were well below 50 percent, and that’s not all, nearly half of America’s kids were starting normal, adult life, after eighth grade. A life that most people aren’t starting until about 22 or 24 in 2008. I guess teacher’s didn’t even think their students were going to make it to the ninth grade, let alone college, so they did what they could with what little time they had, in other words they took nothing for granted.

So what becomes of the now 31 percent of high school students that went through high school and are not going to college? The fact is that things are going to be a little bit harder for them these day’s. Now that high schools have vastly accepted that most high school students will be attending college, the same trend happens in the employment market. More and more employers are looking for degree‘s in their future employees, and they probably have become slightly accustomed to that. This is neither here nor there its just a fact that should be pointed out, in other words, I am not implying that these students are victims in this situation.

Is there a solution? Sure there is a solution. I am guessing that No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is a way to try and break the near assembly line tactics of high schools in America, tactics that just send kids through high school, adding my assessment, in part due to the fact that they take college as the next step for granted. I just don’t think that NCLB will work or is good, and being a conservative I’m not afraid to say it. I don’t like working around a test and I want kids to know about life and how to prosper as an individual in a free market rather than how to pass school. The solution is to set up high schools that benefit all of the students, the ones that want to go to college and the ones that don‘t. And the government does not need to spearhead this effort or get involved. If high schools just created there own programs that allowed for electives that are more geared towards life, all the students would benefit. They should adopt four year programs in high school too, almost like degrees or certificates for high school students. This would benefit more students, because it would be good for the future college student and the future person who chooses to not attend college. I know that they have some programs like this, and I was lucky enough to stumble upon a marketing program that led me to DECA, and I spent three years of my high school career in the marketing field, with ample opportunities to be placed in a higher marketing class in college. Though I chose not to do marketing later on in life, the experience helped me out immensely and looked good on my resume. But we need more programs like this one to ensure that our high schools are not just a stop along the way on education road.

My aim is not to stop people from attending college or to say that it is bad that almost 70 percent of high school students are going to college, I think that is a good thing. The point is that high schools need to think of themselves as the end of the road as far as education goes, like the middle schools thought of themselves in 1940, this so that every student can benefit, not just the ones that are headed to college.

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Life (Updated)

Posted in Life with tags , , , on May 6, 2008 by raingeg

Here is a short post for people that have attention span problems like me! It has been about four years since I have been in a classroom setting. I’ve to ask my self if it was worth it. Did I make the right decision to skip out on dealing with what most of my friends are dealing with? The answer to that question is yes.

I have spent the better part of my four years away from the classroom learning. When I graduated high school the plan was to take a year off and then get back in the saddle again, meaning I’d head back to school and start learning more junk that I’d most likely forget two years later. So I got a job that first winter hoping to work part-time and hang out the rest of the time. Well my friend that was ditching college with me ended up going and I didn’t. That winter job turned into a job where they took full advantage of my free time and I couldn’t take it so after a month of that disgusting place i left. I remembered that 8 months prior I had cold called a place and inquired about an internship. So I used that as an excuse to leave my other 14 hour per day job.

So for three months I used the money that I made at that job and the money that I made on some manual labor jobs, to pay for the time that I took to do my (unpaid) internship. I remember one time during the internship I came home and told my dad that I didn’t think I could learn everything enough and that they’d never hire me on and I wanted to quit. Soon after they hired me on to do four hours per week, not the best money but it was a toe in the door, yep not even the whole foot. And that was the last time I said I can’t do something. So I gradually worked, sometimes having four day’s off during the week. But I kept going until I got to the place I’m at now. So now I have this interesting job (almost) down and I have learned tons of responsibility that I probably would have never learned in the classroom. If someone had told me four years ago that I would be here I would have laughed and said your crazy.

I have spent four years of my life meeting and working with a good amount of heavy hitters from the media industry in my state and city, people that were around before I was able to talk. I have learned under duress, gained invaluable knowledge, and I have had to say hello and goodbye to a few people along the way. I am on the road to gaining wisdom but I cannot call myself wise yet. The best thing that I have learned is that everybody has something to teach you, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again “There are two types of people in this world, those that teach you what to do and those that teach you what not to do” live and learn from life because it has a lot to teach and you only have one.

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I was thinking this evening and I decided that I needed to add something to this post. That is the simple thought that there are some things that are subjective to a persons opinion. By no means am I referring to anything on a moral or ethical scale, I think that those areas have to involve God, I am simply talking about ones decisions in life. If you like college and if that is what you wanted to do then more power to you, I think thats great. So don’t take what I am saying out of context. You are you and I am me and thats what makes this country great. I am by no means saying that my way is better just that I think that things have worked out.

Indoctrinate U

Posted in Life, Movie Review, Politics with tags , on March 10, 2008 by raingeg

    I’ve waited a long time for the film Indoctrinate U to have a screening in my area but unfortunately it never came to fruition. However, I had put myself on their mailing list in hopes that I could see information about a screening in my town. Yesterday they sent me info about downloading the movie for just $9.99, so being the impatient person I am I did just that and watched it last night.

Indoctrinate U is a documentary about the effects of one pervasive ideology on college campuses. It shows colleges hampering the students right to free speech when it does not go along with the status quo, that being a leftist agenda of so called “tolerance”, when the only tolerated ideas are those that are agreed upon by the bulk of leftist thinkers on campus. This film does a great job at illustrating how “race, class and gender” are being forced upon college students even in classes where the subject matter is mathematics or something that has absolutely nothing to do with these three topics.

As far as political documentaries go I am not really a fan. But, there was a lot of hype around this one so I watched it, not to say that the hype alone was the reason, I did know what it was about, and I am interested in the subject matter at hand. It was a very good film. I would not necessarily call it eye opening because my eyes are quite open about the issue. It is not hard find examples of this in colleges, people have told me about this even happening on the community college level. My advice to you, is to just watch the film, I‘m not going to give to much of it away.

Visit the website at www.indoctrinate-u.com 

Watch the trailer below: