Monday, October 17, 2016

When graduating high school in more than four years is heroic

Sent to the Wall St. Journal, Oct 17, 2016

The 83% high school graduation figure is based on graduation in four years ("US High-School Graduation Rate Rose Last Year," Oct 17).  Announcing graduation rates based only those who graduate "on time" sends the message that there is something wrong with taking longer. 
During the depression, the father of one of my colleagues went to high school every other year, working to help support the family when he wasn't in school. This was heroic Taking longer than the usual four years is often an indication of persistence and determination, not laziness.

Stephen Krashen
Professor Emeritus
University of Southern California

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