Saturday, May 21, 2011
Has your institution gone after increased graduation rates? Graduating from high school doesn't always mean a student is ready for college level coursework. A student's level of math taken in high school is often predictive of one's college success (p.38). The book highlights reading of informational texts as an area that needs addressed at the secondary level. The author points out the differing perspectives of K-12 teachers and post-secondary instructors as one of the challenges to preparing students for college success. I am sure this is nothing new to many readers; however, the dilemma continues. Add to that the political movement towards national standards which may or may not address the post secondary alignment with K-12 institutions. What is your high school doing to assure stakeholders their children are being prepared for college level coursework or career learning beyond the diploma? Conley mentions the need for schools to develop an intellectually coherent program of study in all disciplines (p.73).
If you are asking yourself what it is that high school graduates need to continue their learning then I suggest you pick up this book. Examples of course syllabi, university work samples, and chapters outlining content and skills for each discipline are just a few of the resources this book has to offer.
I would love to hear from anyone who may have used this book for a faculty study group or something similar that might guide us in revising our college preparatory curriculum.