College Students who Previously Attended Baltimore Public Schools Respond Here

Posted: December 29, 2009 in Uncategorized

Hello college students. Apparently all was not lost with you, because you made it to college! My questions are

Do you feel that your high school experience adequately prepared you for college?

Have you had to take any remedial/developmental courses prior to being allowed to take credit classes?

What, specifically, do you think prepared you or did not prepare you for college?

If you had children, would you want them to go through the same schooling experience as you?

Feel free to add any additional comments that do not directly answer the above questions, and thanks for your contribution.

  1. Eric says:

    I am a student who graduated from high school outside of your focus group however, the problems with Baltimore County/City schools are not unique to that specific area.

    I graduated from high school as an average student and was as prepared for college as much as I allowed myself to become. The teacher, parents, and school system can only take the student so far; it has always been the students’ responsibility to awake the teacher within and to cultivate wisdom.

    In community college remedial courses were required of me because of low entry exam scores. After completing high school I was too scared to take the SAT. My high school advisor had suggested not everyone was fit for college.

    My preparation for life through the public school system can be described aptly with the word incomplete. In school, there is an emphasis on scholarly knowledge retention and critical interpretation. Those who are simply not interested in the world of academia should not be required to conform.

    For the children:
    For some students, public schooling will be an insignificant part of their lives and attributable to none of their worldly achievements. Others may have only positive remarks about their public school and the difference it has made in creating their lives. We should develope and create more alternatives for the vast number of students between those extremes.

  2. mdeducator81 says:

    Thanks for taking the time out to comment. I think it’s interesting that you point out that for some students, “public schooling will be an insignificant part of their lives.” I think that while many students do value education, many others value the social connections they make with their peers above all else. Some students look forward to school not because they might learn something new, but because they can continue to establish themselves socially amongst their peers.

    That being said, I don’t want to stereotype. Many students who may not appear to be interested in academics have a lot of contributing factors to take into account before it is fair to label them as uncaring students.

    Are you working towards a degree?

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