Skip to comments.D.C. Lawmakers Propose Requiring Students to Apply to College
Posted on 01/07/2012 5:12:47 PM PST by ColdOne
Lawmakers in the nation's capital have floated a plan to require high school students to apply to college or trade school -- even if the students have no interest in attending.
The proposal is a bid to ensure students in the troubled Washington, D.C., school system at least have the know-how to navigate the admissions process.
D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown, who introduced the bill, said the proposal would establish a "mandatory workshop" to teach teenagers how to apply for aid and admission.
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Maybe they should teach them to read, write and understand basic math and science first.
Read, write and do math? You sound like some Bible-thumping, knuckle-dragging redneck.
(I’d never make it as a public school administrator.)
Our graduation rate in my former hometown is 44%. Please don’t ask about the demographics.
Hell, why not pass a law forcing them to take out a loan to pay for the college education.
That’s a whole lot easier than actually hiring teachers who will teach academics - just force kids to apply whether or not they are qualified and whether or not they want to attend. Democrats think conservatives are heartless, since we actually want even urban kids to be educated. They say they are the compassionate ones, because they want to find alternatives to actual learning.
This /will be nothing more than a pool for non-worthies to have protest time and money. Probably even a good set up for more street learning.
What better way to perpetuate big government education, along with its unions and cushy administrator jobs and benefits. Teach the kids about all the freebies they can get at others’ expense. These educrats couldn’t make it in the real world.
If teens need to be trained about how to apply for aid and admission, they are NOT yet ready for further education.
I’m replying to you, but this is really to anyone who can tell me who was the original Kwame that so many of these pols were named after. (it seems like no regular people have that name).
Why bother with persuasion when you can coerce?
And, I suppose, there will then be a new government program to pay for the preparation and processing of these applications?
Is this the beginnings of going beyond zer0care, to force Americans into commerce that they do not want?
“Read, write and do math? You sound like some Bible-thumping, knuckle-dragging redneck.”
Well, maybe you are right. That is extreme. Perhaps they could work in a just a little math, science, reading and writing between their multiculturalism, global warming, and other more important classes.
Perhaps they should all wear brown uniforms.
When I was in college, we were required to take a minority studies course: Black, Hispanic, or Native American. Most opted for the Hispanic studies course since you got an A.B by simply showing up and listening to the professor preach race hatred (A is you were a minority and B otherwise). I took the Black studies course (same grading approach). I was so in his face he called me outside and offered me an A not to show up for the rest of the quarter.
A happily accepted the offer.
(nod to the amazing Bill Whittle..."Three and A Half Days...")
Just another small way in which the left is successfully turning our culture into something resembling Mao’s China during the cultural revolution. A bill that would obligate someone WHO IS A LEGAL ADULT to attend college or trade school? Really?
Of course, they now obligate me to buy health insurance. Why not obligate me to attend college against my will?
I could be wrong, but I think the prototype Kwame was Kwame Nkrumah, the original president of Ghana(formerly the Gold Coast after it became independent from Britain in 1957 or 58. We learned this wonderful stuff in the Junior Scholastic and World Week in junior high along with how the United Nations was going to solve all the problems of the world. Nkrumah went on to become a strongman dictator of course, and played the West against the Russians. Then I lost track.
All this crap because black families have lost the drive to teach their kids to succeed. It didn’t used to be this way.
Isn't that the first week of Welfare 101?
“Hell, why not pass a law forcing them to take out a loan to pay for the college education.”
Patience, FRiend. I have no doubt that they will get around to doing that eventually. But for right now, forcing kids to apply to college (along with paying the application fee) is the probably the gubmint’s first step in making that happen.
FWIW, I applied to 3 different colleges in 1982 and paid approximately $100 per application. I imagine the application fees have probably doubled since then.
Sounds to me like another stealth tax.
Possibly a semester course in accurately and completely filling out job applications.... well maybe not ... if the Food Stamp President will give them subsistence living with free cable thrown in, why would they want to work?
Bingo! If the SCOTUS rules ObamaCare can force you to buy health insurance, the Government can force you to do anything.
"But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."
Think about it: if everyone had a college degree, they’d be damn near worthless. Virtually everyone has a HS diploma - what are those worth?
Those and sexual deviance, fear of guns, and of course memorizing all the scandals that any Republican has ever become embroiled in. Those are key - so key they sort of crowd out reading, writing, and arithmetic.
No need to ask.
“”to teach teenagers how to apply for aid and admission.””
By golly - then they’ll be ready to take on the world. Did this nincompoop ever get through any kind of school?
Good point. IIRC, applications tend to be around $50 each. Whole point is to make sure there is genuine interest to not waste resources in the evaluation process. I say take all federal money out of education except as research funding (pay for work - hopefully useful.) All the easy credit has inflated cost and let too many students in that are incapable of doing the work - resulting in degree inflation. When I started work in our lab in 1982, BS Chemists were hired as professionals, now they are hired as technicians.
This won’t help. If they won’t do the work they won’t pass. Period. There comes a point where nobody can do anything for the student, the student must do the work alone. No will to work means failure, and the Left does not realize this.
The likely intended result will be establishing an elevated level of minority applicants being turned down for admission to university.
if they can require them to apply for college, they can make them apply for the military
Washington DC’s HIV rate is higher than West Africa’s and they want to send these imbeciles to college? 50 years of ‘Head Start’ didn’t work... Neither will this.
The high school diploma in the ghetto is a condom, and these dumb feral jackals do not have the sense to learn that lesson... They are hopeless.
“Hell, why not pass a law forcing them to take out a loan to pay for the college education”
Silly, don’t you know you are supposed to pay for their college indoctrination? LOL
If they can complete a college application successfully, then they can apply for Section 8 housing and public assistance. These are critical skills in the DC area.
13th and 14th grades with an optional 15th and 16th.