As kids head toward their senior year of high school, a good portion of them are considering the next steps in their lives.
Will I go to college? Will I get a job? Should I join the military? All of these are possible choices for kids after high school.
But what if you decide not to apply for college? And, what if that decision not to apply for college actually stopped you from getting your high school diploma?
The Corbett School District is currently talking about doing just here's more on this from OregonLive: A
rural Oregon school district wants to make acceptance to college or trade
school a requirement for students to receive a high school diploma. The
purpose, said Corbett High School Principal Phil Pearson, is to ensure that
students are familiar with the application process – even those who don’t
intend to go to college. “Foresight is not the strength of a 15-year-old,” he
said. If graduates of the Corbett School District want
to pursue more education later on, the principal said, he doesn’t want them to
be held back by not knowing how to apply. But the new graduation requirement
faces resistance in the district, which serves about 1,300 students and is
located in the Columbia River Gorge roughly 22 miles from downtown
Portland. Annette Calcagno, a school
board member in Corbett, said making acceptance at a post-secondary
school a requirement for a diploma is going too far. “I think we’re over
stepping our bounds as a school,” she said. “I don’t believe we need to make it
mandatory.” Roughly 60 students a year currently graduate from Corbett High
School. Under the new rule, students would not be required to attend the
college or trade school that admits them, but administrators want all students
to show evidence they have indeed gained admission. Students in the Corbett
district's charter school would not be affected. The school board will hold a
final vote on the measure in two months, but even board members who oppose the
measure say it will pass. The chair of the board, Charlie O’Neil, said with
confidence: “It’s going to happen.”
Should you be required to be accepted to a college or vocational school to graduate high school? I'd say no...