Previously unreleased: Critical Thinking

[october 2009]

What would happen if everyone went to college?

My dad and I agreed that he would wake me up at a bit before 8 am this morning so that I can tune in to this radio special. It was a special about going to college and being prepared. Here are some of the things I heard during the first hour (it was two hours long, and an hour was all I could take):

The host was stressing the fact that parents and kids should start preparing for college as early as preschool. Guest A silently disagreed, but she said well, about 4th grade – elementary age is when they should prepare.

This goes back to a commercial I heard, I believe on this very radio station. A little girl was speaking and saying how she’s college bound and everything – but she’s just 8 years old. She was talking about how she attended a school where 100% of the graduates go college. Why should 8 year olds be college bound? They haven’t even learned about their bodies yet. What’s the need for looking that far into the future?

The Host stressed that getting into a college prep school is important. This lead to Guest A talking about an organization called “A Better Chance.” It’s a college prep program that sends mostly African American students in low income areas, to these college prep private high schools. Here is an excerpt from their website:

  • Welcome to A Better Chance
    Since 1963, A Better Chance has been transforming lives through educational opportunities.  Nearly 1,900 A Better Chance Scholars are enrolled in one of our more than 300 Member Schools.  After graduation, each Scholar is able to look forward to a college degree and the chance to make a meaningful contribution to their communities and our global society.

It’s is good that this group wants the best for their youth. What I want to know though, is why is it that people are so on the bandwagon that college is the only way to achieve the best? Why is it that college is the the only thing that gives a person “the chance to make a meaningful contribution to their communities and our global society”?

They also encouraged other things like taking “the right classes” to be “competitive.” They talked about a need to get kids into advanced math earlier and things of the sort. But what if the kid’s ability to learn isn’t that accelerated?

It is really funny you know, how when it comes to a youth’s knowledge adults run the show. Youth are never present or able to have valuable participation in something that intimately affects THEIR lives. Even at the high school level, students have no say in their education – none. It isn’t until we go off to those magnificent colleges that we get to do evaluations at least about our instructors. It’s like freedom for dummies. Where’s the oh so precious democracy? I don’t understand it.

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