Online Learning, What Is The Sample Proportion Of Incoming Students At Your School

Online learning is at the center of both larger and burgeoning debates about technology in the classroom. Here is an example of where that is happening.

It’s Monday and, like many adults, I’m looking at college applications with a confused, “are you even looking at the college admissions applications? I don’t understand?” stance. I want so badly to want my child to attend college. I want him to be happy. I want him to be successful. If he’s lucky, I will always be, or at least I will be good at trying.

I have been fortunate enough to find a degree program my heart truly desires, so much so that I am not actively encouraging him to wait until he is 19 or 20 years old to attempt to complete these requirements. I am not teaching him this at the high school where he attends. So, in many ways, I cannot think about obtaining a college degree; I am not encouraged to do so.

But as with most situations, there are misconceptions that make it challenging for me to educate myself about what he’s actually doing and what he’s actually doing it for.

Several years ago, I had a very “liberal” personality. I had trust issues, so went to church and talked about how godly people should be. I bought thrift stores and accessories and spent as much money as I could afford without being judged. I had toxic people friends and a dysfunctional relationship with my parents. I even had feelings of inadequacy about going to college, even if I wasn’t supposed to and it was made obvious by my parents.

Now I’m thinking about these qualities and have probably said them many times in my mind. I have discussed this with my husband, and he has doubts. He does not believe my “thing” is necessarily something he would want for me, or that it will help me in any way.

Right now, I understand that not everyone shares my views about college admissions. I understand that some people believe I’m crazy. To me, that’s okay. (“I get your feeling, but I can assure you it’s not something that will hold you back. It’s just your youth and naivete that are keeping you back.”) But what I do not understand is how college is any different from high school.

They all act, think, and feel very differently and are very different from one another. They all have very different expectations from college, and they all have different plans for their future after their education. And while these differences are interesting to talk about, they are not the real issue.

While there are many differences, one of the most common discrepancies occurs when colleges look at someone’s transcripts.

The most common queries that we encounter involve verifying facts about specific courses (like choosing which class they took in which college and what grade they received).

Again, I cannot speak for my husband and his perspectives about how college is and should be, but based on talking to my husband about college expectations in my first year at a local college, I can say that he does not feel like college should define someone’s life path.

He feels that college is an important thing for people to have in life, but should not dictate the choices of people afterwards. After all, unless the person is doing one of these things and we want them to do them, we should not be demanding that these choices be validated by college stats.

College vs. high school will almost always be considered separately for these conversations.

How do you feel about these differences? Do you believe them to be a negative of the college+high school world, or would they actually be beneficial to some students who are interested in these things but have decided not to go to college? Do you think colleges should assign more weight to what you’ve done versus what you’re doing now, or are this separate issues and not necessarily ones that should be separated?

There are many different avenues you can go down when choosing to answer these questions, and each path will bring different degrees of success.

Do not let any one answer give you the wrong impression about what a person should do or feel and do.

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