Where you spend four to five years of your young adult life and upwards of $200,000 is your decision -- it should matter only to you, regardless of what others, including those in the $20 billion education industry, purport.
Spring is the time of year when many juniors and their parents start visiting prospective colleges. This is the ideal time of year to visit colleges as they are still in session and you can see authentic college life.
Adapting to higher standards and raising expectations may prove challenging, but they are the steps we must take so that our kids are successful in high schools and prepared for colleges and careers. Readiness is worth a celebration.
The least college ready students deserve the means to secure a bright and rewarding future for themselves just as much as the most college ready students do. We don't just build the bridges -- we ARE the bridge.
Most students don't literally sleep in class, but I suspect many people figuratively sleep through college. It's easy to do, actually. Students become experts at how to get the best grades possible, and the most painless way to meet the requirements for a degree.
To succeed in and finish college, the experience must be personal. College, from the selection of the school to the choice of major(s), has to be owned by the student who will actually be at the center of the enterprise.
One challenging adjustment that students face when they enter college is how to approach reading assignments. In many cases, students are required to have mastered lengthy and challenging reading materials prior to arriving in class.
In academics, Americans are once again being trounced by their peers. As sports fans, we wouldn't put up with three of five basketball players not knowing their plays, but as citizens, we seem to have little outrage over similar performance in our nation's classrooms.
From filling out applications, to getting transcripts and recommendations, let's admit the whole process can be overwhelming. Our kids must be taught how to navigate all of the challenges associated with college.