College credit for high school students

Allowing high school students to earn college credit is not new, but what is are entire schools devoted exclusively to that purpose (“Bringing College into High Schools,” EducationNext, Spring 2022).  One of the best is Bard High School Early College, a selective public school where students spend four years earning both a high school diploma and an associate degree.

The impetus for such schools is that young people today are far more sophisticated than those in past generations.  Their exposure to images and data makes so much of what exists in traditional public schools today obsolete.  Small wonder that they are disengaged.

I support the move, but I caution that sooner or later it will be attacked as elitist if enrollment doesn’t reflect the overall racial composition of the communities in which such schools exist.

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