Monday, March 01, 2010

Obama Announces $100 Million to Prepare Students for College

Crossposted from DIYUBook.com. I'll be moving most of my posting over there for the next few months around the book launch.

Chronicle of Higher Ed
One in three students drop out of high school. America's Promise, the campaign that hosted Obama today, says just 12 percent of the nation’s high schools generate half of the nation’s dropouts.

Obama proposals such as early-college high school and dual enrollment are based on evidence that high school students will be more motivated to stay in school and finish if they see that their classes are related to a valuable credential and to jobs. The more straitened circumstances that students are in, the more important the economic motive for further education.

I'm a bigger fan of dual enrollment and career academies than early college, because I like the idea of students having a right to free public education that connects them to jobs.

However, if we don't stop underfunding our community colleges, creating new programs isn't going to get any more students through them. California's community college enrollment dropped by 1 percent this year thanks to budget cuts.

5 comments:

debt credit relief said...

I like the concept and idea of this...it'll help the students to be motivated and finish their studies well..

Anonymous said...

Correction: My comments were related to the WNYC segment on May 31, 2011.

Anonymous said...

Kind of late, but $100 million is NOTHING compared to what the commander in chief still authorizes for more wars. This seems and smells like George W. all over again, 'no child left behind' kind of rhetoric.

Old boss, same as new boss...

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