Morning Poll -- Letting Kids Graduate From High School After Two Years: Yay or Nay?

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Several Arizona public high schools will participate in a program this year that allows students to graduate from high school after only two years.

The program, the Move On When Ready initiative, was passed by the Arizona Legislature last year. It would allow students to essentially test out of high school after two years and begin taking more advanced classes at community colleges as they prepare to go to a four-year university.

Supporters of the program say it offers some incentive for kids to do well in school in order to finish earlier. They also hope it will change the focus from the amount of time a student spends in a classroom to learning skills actually needed in the workplace or college.

"Prove to us what you know, not how long you can sit there," state Senator Rich Crandall, a co-sponsor of the bill, tells the Arizona Republic.

Opponents of the bill cite "the cost of training teachers in the new curriculum or the time needed to evaluate and choose one of the approved curriculum providers. Convincing students and their parents of the need for another high-stakes test is another potential obstacle. Students who take the board exam would not be required to take Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards, the AIMS test."

We want to know what you think: is allowing high school students to test out of high school after two years a good idea?

Cast your vote below.


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Put-them-kids-to-work
Put-them-kids-to-work

How to make American workers competitive with third worldpeasants:

 

Take away livable wages and benefits .... create 'Right toWork' laws, bust Unions. Accomplished.

 

Put children to work (skirt our way around child labor laws).... create legislation allowing children to finish school earlier.Accomplished.

 

There, problem solved.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Socially many 'senior' year students tend to blossom and mature into early adulthood. I look back at myself as a junior and certainly was not ready to go to any college, although academically, I could have survived. Most of my senior year classes were non-essential since I had completed needed academic points by the finish of my junior year. So, yes, I could have moved to college then and the year might have been more beneficial, but socially my senior year was pretty much the most fun I've had in school all my life.

I guess if a person is a complete academic dork as a junior they might as well go to college and be a freshman dork there instead of a high school senior.

Ross
Ross

Crandall is just another of those Mesa Mormons who wants to get the kids out on their missions at a younger age when it is easier to brainwash them.

scarface
scarface

This is bad. . Because you need more time to open young kids minds. . The way I see its difficunt I see kids in china going school from 7.30am to 9.00.pm ofcorse they have 3 hr breaks but still 12hr in school learning. So this worrys me. . 2 years is not enough they still retarted. Lol

Jenna
Jenna

GED Jan just thinks this is great. After all, has done did didn't hold her back.And, oh gee, parents get to PAY for the last 2 years of high school when their kids go to community college to get the college prep classes they should have gotten in high school.

wherewasi
wherewasi

Tommy, I was that academic dork as a junior and I did graduate one year early.  I found high school unchallenging and never had to study to get straight "A"s. This left me totally unprepared for college studies and at a big university at age 17.  I was not mature enough to be out on my own.

I think this plan makes sense only for those who are truly "gifted students" who need the challenge of course work not provided in public schools.  Many students who attend private schools (Xavier and Brophy, for example) are taking college level courses and earning college credits as freshmen and sophmores.  I know a Xavier junior and a Brophy senior who probably would have aced the AIMS test by the 4th grade.  Good thing their parents can afford private schools because they would be bored to tears in a public school cirriculum. 

Eleanor
Eleanor

I think that the majority of students are still too immature to be graduating that early.  There are a few who are ready and most of those already make that effort. 

This will put more people out into the work force when there are already not enough jobs for the graduates now.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Ross, so you're suggesting that if a student is NOT Mormon (s)he cannot participate in Move On When Ready?

Why is this a religion based program?

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