I offered the following insights on the “Get Schooled” blog of Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist, Maureen Downey. Here is the link to that thread on Ms. Downey’s blog:
“I chos to follow the university track. I was able to take remedial classes that were immensely helpful to me.”
As I have often asserted on this blog, based on my 35 years of teaching experience, grade levels 1 – 12 , and my training, M.Ed. as a certified Reading Specialist, students will learn the same content mastery at different rates. This will always be true because students will always be unique and varied. When we push students faster than their individual rates of learning concepts to mastery level allows, we, ourselves, create the educational problem of student failure. Wise educators know this.
Noel Khalil’s testimony gives credence to the value of community colleges, basically free to all earnest students, to continue their academic advancement to 14 years instead of only 12. Knowing that there are remedial courses in a two year college in which certain students can keep climbing the curriculum continuum to full mastery but at a slower rate, can inspire many students to keep trying to learn (at a pace equivalent to their individual ability to absorb content) instead of simply dropping out of high school (and later possibly becoming incarcerated, as a result of few skills and no high school diploma).
Below are excellent suggestions and information posted by a poster named “Cere” on this same thread of the AJC’s “Get Schooled” blog: