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College Readiness is About Life Readiness

Many well-meaning observers challenge the goal of college readiness for all high school graduates. While it is valid that alternate paths deserve consideration, critical thinking is required for success in all walks of life.

College readiness is not just about higher education and career paths; it is about having the knowledge needed to understand one’s world well enough to negotiate one’s self interest successfully. Undereducated children are more prone to misread situations and act rationally using a primitive analytical model. Their decision trees are missing so many branches that they may be doomed to frustration and failure in many aspects of life as they miss opportunities or take poorly calculated risks. Failure to learn to think critically in school predisposes them to take the same approach as adults, seeing the world as chaotic and themselves subject to luck, popularity, or brute force. Instead of controlling their destinies in a world of possibilities, they tend to seek to control their inner circles in an ever-decreasing sphere of influence. Education is the key to breaking that failure cycle.

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November 15, 2011 at 3:23 PM Leave a comment

On College Readiness

Critical success factors for a student in college include…

  • Independence – self directed learning, defining one’s own program of study, time management strategy, mining of resources, and quest for knowledge.
  •  Perception – high level of awareness with insight and attention to task as well as strong reading fluency and comprehension. 
  • Communication – excellent writing, tailored to audience and genre, and strong oral and multimedia presentation skills. 
  • Collaboration – the habits of working in study groups, able to organize, convene, and effectively collaborate to increase knowledge and/or deliver group products. 
  • Leadership – solid citizenship in the classroom and decision-making during unstructured time. 
  • Perspective – conversant in the arts and humanities and cognizant of time and context. 
  • Analytics – strong analytical tool kit for application in math and physical and social sciences 
  • Leverage – ability to combine a good general knowledge bank with tools of analysis to achieve understanding and solve problems.
  • Organization – management of materials, processes, and concepts for efficient access and effective use.

 Pedagogy and culture must support students in their readiness to succeed in college, reaching beyond the school as necessary to provide access through productive use of out of school time, dual enrollment programs, and independent study options. Assessment tools must be robust enough to authentically evaluate the many dimensions of student accomplishments.

February 10, 2011 at 11:35 AM Leave a comment