The Power of 15 Credits promotes, “States and institutions that take completion seriously should promote a 15-credit standard to encourage students to finish on time.”
To me, however, it sounds like one more way to minimize the public school experience and to maximize “for profit” education. It could be the precedent for mandating a three-year high school experience in lieu of earlier college entrance down the road.
What would the financing of this type of venture look like? Does this mean public schools will need to conform to privatized college/university curriculum, technology, educator training, etc.?
Perhaps it’s a way for colleges/universities to increase ‘rigor’ aka ‘money’. Students will need to take an additional 4 courses throughout their undergraduate studies at thousands of dollars per credit in order to maintain full-time status. “Financially Challenged” students may not be able to afford it, may have difficulty paying for it, or worse, may need to take out loans to cover it.
Academically, American students are doing fine; they are doing as well, if not better, than students in any other country in the world. Lloyd Loftus highlighted the gross manipulation of PISA scores (http://crazynormaltheclassroomexpose.com/2014/08/15/facts-that-reveal-obamas-manufactured-crises-of-college-career-readiness-and-the-alleged-failure-of-public-schools/).
What public schools actually need is to provide curriculum in citizenship, elect leaders from our own communities, monitor government activity, and make that information easily available to the public (VIEW: Students 4 Democracy).
I imagine Einstein did fine on the Power of 12 plan!
Maintaining 12 credits per year allows students the benefit of not “overloading” themselves, and in some cases it allows students to spread out the financial burden.
One could argue the reason students may not finish their degree is because of the academic stress and the increased cost of post-secondary education.
Why not give students the option of choice rather than pressure?
Senior year is when many students have the opportunity to take electives; this allows them to explore career-related curriculum. This is also a time when students are able to take classes they may not have passed the first time. Finally, it is a time when they can take classes that are just plain fun to take!
No Crea-tivity = No Crea-tion!
How about we just Let Kids B Kids without unduly burdening them with ridiculous, inappropriate, abusive, and stressful demands!
Our politicians need a little refresher. While they are sitting back and passing nothing but money-making legislation in Congress, they should make better use of their wasted time and entertain themselves by watching the movie Gung Ho – it’s an oldie, but a goodie.