Sorry I didn’t post this sooner, but I did want to share this with everyone.
The issue to accelerate or not accelerate students has grown every year in our district, and I am sure that as colleges become a bigger industry, this decision will just continue to grow.
Last Wednesday, we invited parents and community members to the school to join in a discussion of the pros and cons of acceleration. Both Principals from the Middle and High School and myself acted as moderators of the discussion.
Living just outside of Ithaca, we are lucky to have several colleges within 20 minutes of our location. Those colleges include: Cornell University, Ithaca College, Wells College, SUNY Cortland, Tompkins Cortland Community College and Cayuga Community College. Earlier in the week, I contacted several of my friends in admissions at these schools and asked them to reign in with some info I could share with parents during our presentation.
Here is a summary:
Cons of Acceleration~
Pros of Acceleration~
At one point during the conversation I asked parents “Who wants their child to go to college?” Every hand went up. I then asked, “Who wants their child to be successful once they get there?” Once again every hand went up.
Remember that there is a big difference between getting a student into college and having a student be successful once they get there. Being successful is more important. We are not helping students be successful in college if we don’t teach them math and science for their last 2 years of high school.
All in all, when making the decision to accelerate, one must ask the following questions:
We had a great discussion last week. What do you think? Leave a comment below.