New Plan Will Let High Schoolers Graduate Early - NYTimes.com
If it were up to me. I would expand this to allow students to enroll in college if they can pass the graduation exams. The point of education is to learn stuff, not sit in a classroom for a certain period of time and, honestly, if I had the possibility of graduating early in highschool, I would have taken it a lot more seriously.Dozens of public high schools in eight states will introduce a program next year allowing 10th graders who pass a battery of tests to get a diploma two years early and immediately enroll in community college.
Overall though, I see this as a good thing. The goal of primary school should be to prepare students for a job or college and how to be good citizens. But some students are better (or worse) than others and any program that helps let the student work at his or her own pace will enhance education through the simple function of relieving boredom. One of the biggest mistakes we make in educating our children (at least in this area) is that we group the smart kids with the not so smart kids, causing us to educate our kids at the pace of the slowest student. Any program that helps track students and helps us to get away from our current setups will let those who are able and willing excel so that they can go on to be better contributors to our society.
Teacher's unions are often accused to slowing or stopping educational progress, but it looks like they are on board.The project’s backers hope it will eventually spread to all schools in those states, and inspire other states to follow suit. Supporters include the National Association of Manufacturers and the National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers’ union.