Homeschoolers Outhinking College Gatekeepers

14 03 2007

. . .which begs the question: are state university administrators “prepared for the rigors of” simple logic much less leadership and innovation these days?

(See hotlinks for extra-credit condemnation)

I scoff at this “objection from Univ of Utah’s asst. admissions director
— if the requirement always has been for homeschoolers to pass the GED
and that guarantees they are at least 18, then how can she possibly
have had any experience with younger homeschooled kids in college being “not
ready” for her rigors? And how, then, can she be so sure her institution
would officially oppose legislation to award high school diplomas for top-scoring homeschoolers, much less that it would dare make the argument based on chrono-illogical age?

And what’s this lofty blather about the success being THEIRS because of their standards, rather than being created by and belonging to the students? College administrators from Harvard’s Derek Bok to food-fighting Floridians to such tightly wrapped turf-guarders as this, have SO disappointed me! Hey, maybe we should hire and fire them by the GED? (bet she never took it . . .)

At the University of Utah, home-schooled students must meet several criteria for admission, including a transcript that has been certified by the State Board of Education, a composite score of 23 or higher on the ACT *and* a passing score on the GED of at least 550.

That GED requirement also ensures students are at least 18 years old or that their high school class has graduated, because younger students are not allowed to take the test in Utah, noted Carolyn Dyson, associate director of admissions at the U.

“We’ve found a good success rate with these standards for home schoolers. A lot of our home-schooled students are bright and do very well here,” she said. “But some are just not prepared for the rigor of the classroom, and they’re just not ready for it.”

Dyson said she’d be hesitant to change those standards and is especially opposed to recently proposed legislation that would have allowed home-schooled students to get a high school diploma if they scored within the top 15 percent of students on the ACT. The measure, which had no age restrictions, failed during this year’s legislative session.

“If they start giving home-schooled students diplomas, we’ll challenge it,” she said.

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14 03 2007
misedjj

And who is this “they” she will oppose with such vigor, kemosabe??
Does she mean the duly elected state legislature as it sets policy for its own schools and universities, representing the public she is paid to SERVE?
And the “we” is her little outlaw encampment of fellows entrenched there on campus? Apparently university administrators could use some advanced instruction not just in logic but language and government too . . .

14 03 2007
misedjj

If indeed there is rampant misplaced self-importance among college students these days, I have a theory – also not yet accepted by an academic journal! — that their elders started it! JJ

Self-Awareness Not a Problem at College
WaPo Wednesday, February 28, 2007; A06

If you think it’s all about you, you are not alone.

A study led by Jean Twenge of San Diego State University says that college students are getting more narcissistic.

In an analysis of personality surveys given to U.S. college students during the past 25 years that asked for responses to statements such as “If I ruled the world, it would be a better place,” Twenge and the other researchers concluded that there’s been a moderate but significant generational change. In other words, young people today are somewhat more likely to be self-absorbed, attention-seeking and power-hungry. . .

16 03 2007
misedjj

This whole stance goes against dual enrollment in high school and college courses, not just for homeschooled kids but ALL kids! So, it is something all Thinking Parents need to ridicule imo.

Personal Disclaimer — I am mom to a kid who started taking college courses at age 15. She has earned a perfect GPA, a full year of college credits, admission to the honors program and a theatre scholarship. She still isn’t 17, much less 18.

And what she has NOT earned and has no earthly need of, is a GED.

16 03 2007
Alasandra

My homeschooled son scored a 28 on the ACT at 15 and started college at 16. He is in his second year of a computer science major and has been asked to join Phi Theta Kappa.

16 03 2007
misedjj

But does he have his GED?? 😉

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