Has the High School Diploma Lost Its Clout?
Graduating high school, sauntering up to podium to receive your diploma, and walking back to your seat with the confidence that you’re on your way has become more a fallacy than a reality.
Reaching that momentous occasion of receiving a diploma has traditionally meant that students have what they need to go forward, whether to college or stepping into a rewarding career. But the facts present a different picture. In Texas alone, around 60 percent of students who have graduated and go on to enter community college require some form of remediation.
Educators and community leaders have advocated better policies for the educational system for years, with some degree of success, but not enough. This gap has only helped to fuel a diminished version of what the graduate’s diploma was intended to be.
When students step into the real world of careers and jobs thinking they have what they need to thrive, some will find success. But others will not have knowledge base and skill sets and will likely struggle.
For students who are fortunate enough to go onto college, many will be met with staggering challenges that require remediation, not to mention the debt that follows with student loans.
Some thoughts about how to move forward with authentic, achievable change should be looked at closely. These changes might include:
Making sure that all students have an opportunity to achieve, regardless of status, background or circumstances.
Realize that college in an option, but not the only option. College may not be for everyone, but students should have the opportunity to make that very personal decision. Let’s make sure they are offered a chance.
Coursework must change to match the aspirations of the student. One who strives to be doctor will not need the same coursework as a student who becomes a partner in a plumbing company. By encouraging students to ‘do what they love’ and giving them the flexibility to discover their own path, they will feel empowered with a desire for learning and self-discovery.
Isn’t the true purpose of education to inspire students to flourish and succeed?
If that is the united goal, then many important, fundamental changes to our educational system must take place – sooner not later. Generations of students stand to lose traction in finding and holding onto real world opportunities, unless educators, parents and business leaders take swift action to support the substantive changes that must be made.
Yorktown Education has been providing proven innovative, highly accredited educational programs to students from age 5 – 18 for more than 10 years. Our students develop a foundation for a successful life after graduation, doing what they love and achieving their full potential.