Are today’s students really ready for college, work, and life? CEO Cheryl Vedoe posed this question in a guest post for the MDR thought leadership blog, Voice from the Industry. In her column she encourages readers to celebrate the increasing graduation rates, but also to recognize the fact that many students are still not graduating prepared or ready for the next step in college and career.
“An equitable system does not treat all students in a standardized way, but differentiates instruction, services, and resources to respond effectively to the diverse needs of students, so that each student can develop his or her full academic and societal potential.” —Learning Policy Institute report
This time of year, I can’t help but think of the many middle school students who will soon advance to high school. The troubling truth is that many of these students are underprepared for the rigors of high school coursework.
A recent article in Slate, part of a series covering the rise of online learning, profiles the author’s experience using one vendor’s digital curriculum. He was bored and unmotivated. The author also questioned the rigor of the courses, specifically the structure and how concepts were presented.