Obviously, education is considered by most people as a survival kit for security of tenure and financial stability. Truly, many high school graduates who are enroll in college find themselves dropping off school in the first year of their college education. Admittedly, President Barack Obama’s administration knows this issue and has decided to even put out a $380 million educational budget for 2010 to assist students at risk of dropping out and to encourage high school graduates to earn an associate or bachelors degree in college. Today, college dropouts in American colleges have been steadily increasing due to inadequate academic preparation, compromising academic classes, and issues on parenthood. In the first place, Marty Nemko, a writer for the Chronicle of Higher Education stated, “Majority of students dropping out from college admits that they are underprepared for college-level work” (1).
Therefore, high school teachers expect their students to turn in assignments on time and be in class. If those expectations are not met, some high school teachers will not accept the assignment or will expect the students to find out what they missed on their own. “The transition from a public high to a top U. can be difficult, stressful, and frustrating. You will have to learn to excel in... ... middle of paper ... ...cement Participation and University Academic Success in the First Semester: Controlling for Selected High School Academic Abilities." Journal of College Admission (Summer2010).
in four years, 64 percent within six years, and 69 percent within eight and a half years.” Colleges always want students to graduate and support their alma mater. However this begins with deciding what student are mentally readiness and determination for the task that lies ahead, college. In today’s society we struggle trying to find a proper definition for college readiness. This is the main reason statistics and graduation rates suffer in the way that they do. Just because a high school student reaches the age of 18, obtains a high school diploma, and has functional literacy, does that really make students college ready?
The question of whether or not the majority of students graduating from high school in the United States are academically ready for college seems to have a unanimous answer: no. Because of this, the question morphs away from “Are high school students prepared,” to “How do we prepare high school students for college?” The two most popular solutions to this particular issue are teaching to a standardized test and teaching to national education standards. Standardized tests, such as the ACT, SAT, and end-of-course exams are tests that gauge how proficient a student is in specific subjects. Many educators believe that if schools across the country focused more on preparing their students for these tests, they would in turn prepare them for college. National education standards are benchmarks that the government defines.
Most students aspire to attend college, but some do not expect the enormous pressure which will be put on them to go to the best school. Young adults think by receiving a high grade point average, doing community service, and taking part in several extracurricular activities throughout high school will guarantee a spot at any college, but it is not as simple as it may seem. Students receive pressure from their peers to achieve the highest of standards during high school in order to receive an acceptance letter. This peer pressure to attend the best college is caused by the fear of other students taking more advanced classes, having better test scores, and participating in more activities in order to have a better application. Students are constantly being pressured to do better than one another.
As a former high school student, I now realize I was handed all the tools to succeed in college, but I could not leave the social aspect of school and focus on my studies. Many of Americas’ high school struggle to achieve their high school diploma and this one of the major problems of not being able to attain success. Most high school students do not realize what teachers are trying to do for them and simply ignore their teachings and advice. In California, 68.3% of high school students graduated in 2007 (“California Department of”). Obviously, the chance of success for these students that have not graduated is low.
She was working part-time in addition to going to school full time. There was always an outside distraction to keep her from her studies. Her grades were positive proof that students must be serious about college to gain something from attending to college. Ms. Bird also maintains that college will make anyone a b... ... middle of paper ... ... a lot of pressure on high school graduates by parents and employers to get a degree if they want to make something of themselves. After being in the workforce over twenty-five years, I have experience well as qualifications that should make me more desirable than the twenty-two year old with little work experience.
For some the transition from high school to college could be difficult because they don 't have the right skill set that they need for college which they should 've to learn back in high school. The main skills are time management, good study habits, ability to set goals and maintain them, good note taking, organization skills, and commitment (Top 10). In high school a student probably used some of these skill sets but once a student gets to college all theses skills are going to apply. Take me as an example, the only skill I actually used in high school was good to note taking and a little of time
Today students go to school from K-12 earning their education and take a standardized test during their junior or senior years (sometimes sophomore year). The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) and other standardized test are used by colleges across the world to determine if a student is ready for college. As a result, there are some individuals that disagree with the use of standardized testi... ... middle of paper ... ...ucceed, and the amount of perseverance he or she has, will most certainly determine is someone is ready for college. Works Cited Adams, Caralee. "Report: For Many Students, 'College-Ready' Isn't Enough."