Have you ever seen a high school college student on campus? We may not be easily recognized as we seem to blend into the student body rather nicely, but we are
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Taking college classes in high school is most certainly not a bad thing for this senior in high school. In this article she talks about how she has taken college classes since her freshman year in high school and that she will graduate high school with 37 college credits. She definitely believes that college classes in high school is a benefit to a high school student. She gives us many different examples as to why she loves this program so much such as: No hard AP test, the classes are not only fun but also challenging, she has unique relationships with some of her previous professors due to the fact that she stayed after class waiting for a ride, and most importantly, getting a head start. What can we do to better ourselves in school? Well this girl believes that taking college classes in high school most certainly helps. This is a very good article for someone who is trying to find reasons to get into the program. Very biased towards doing the program but still a good article. This article does help shape an argument if one is to argue if you should do the dual enrollment program or not.
Denise Pope, a senior lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, explains the findings of a new paper that reviews the data on Advanced Placement courses and offers suggestions to students and parents.
Do high school dual-enrollment/AP classes push kids too far ahead in college?
Aaron Carr's insight:
This article talks about whether or not letting high school students take college level classes is truly a good idea or not. The author talks about how some students who are graduating high school with enough college credits to be sophomores or juniors in college. "Is the truly a good idea?" the author asks. Well the author points out different points as to why she believes this dual enrollment isn't such a great idea. She gives examples such as: does this shorten their college career too much so that they won't have time to really, truly decide what they want to do, or should they be forced to choose their major before even looking at the dorms, or does this program eliminate some of the student's easier college classes forcing them to not acclimate to college life and learning to be responsible for themselves. I believe that this is a good article because it does point out some of the cons about this program but does admit that the whole dual enrollment plan is an understandable choice. While this article is more biased towards not participating in the dual enrollment program, it does give a good argument as to why she believes this way. This article does help to shape an argument on this topic by pointing out that there are some flaws in the program. But overall this program, I think, is a good idea to participate in.
Want to get a head start on credits counting towards your degree? Here’s what education experts say that high school students need to consider when signing up for advanced courses.
Aaron Carr's insight:
This is a very informative article that gives us information about both AP classes and dual enrollment options when talking about early college programs. The author is obviously biased towards the early college program but they do a very good job explaining why they think this way. They give many different examples that are very persuasive to the reader. They talk about how the early college program can lead to cheaper costs in actual college by knocking some of the classes you would normally have to take out of the way. They talk about how the student will become more acclimated to college level classes and college life. Also the author brings up a study done that says only 49% of high schools prepare their students for post-high school life. This is a very good and persuasive article that would definitely get me on board with early college opportunities. But this article not only talks about the pros, it talks about the cons too. It lists off factors of the programs to beware of. Things such as university policies may not be the same as the college you took the classes at, and that some colleges may not accept the classes that you took during the early college program.
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