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Poll #1171273 Education Fasttracking

If offered some sort of incentive, could you have gotten through high school in 3 years instead of 4?

No, I needed the 4 years.

...How about two years? Could you have done it in two?

Big enough reward, you bet.
Maybe. I don't know.
I don't think so.
Absolutely not.

Okay...if there were a big enough incentive...could you have pushed yourself enough to get through all 4 years of curriculum in one year?

I don't think so.

If you were rewarded with say...10K tax free dollars with every year you could fast track would that have made a difference?

10K you say? Bring on the midnight oil!
No...I still want the 4 years.


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Apr. 15th, 2008 03:06 am (UTC)
The only reason I didn't finish high school in three years was that my senior year, I was in the advanced choir and we sang at the Kennedy Center. I regretted the decision sometimes, but I think it's better I did it that way, as I would have finished my one credit in summer school and gone to community college instead of my senior year, and then I wouldn't've been able to spend all four years at Mary Baldwin, which was good.
Apr. 15th, 2008 03:11 am (UTC)
I finished high school in three years. It would have been theoretically possible to finish in 2.5 but there wasn't the right range of courses offered in the first term to make that happen. Few HS curricula are designed to make this or any other kind of fast-tracking possible.
Apr. 15th, 2008 03:15 am (UTC)
If I could've gotten through any faster, I would've. High school was a miserable waste of time and emotional energy for me.
Apr. 15th, 2008 03:18 am (UTC)
As far as I'm concerned, high school is a huge waste of time. It was academically pointless. When I was in 11th grade my high school encouraged me to leave early and start college. The advice came too late to apply to real colleges, though, so my parents and I looked into enrolling at UVSC, but I ultimately thought that would be worse than waiting till 12th grade and applying to college normally. So I stuck around and just did concurrent enrollment at BYU for 12th grade (part of the day in high school, part of the day at BYU).
Apr. 15th, 2008 04:13 am (UTC)
I'm one of the weird ones for whom high school was a *much* more rewarding and fulfilling experience than college, and I still get all misty when I think about the old sod ... but still, I could've gotten through it in 3 years, no problem. All but one of my courses senior year was AP, anyway.

I couldn't have done it in any less than that, though -- no way I could've finished my 3 year foreign language requirement! (The advantages of going to a college prep school, the classes were actually rigorous and taught us something...)
Apr. 15th, 2008 12:34 pm (UTC)
Why are you asking this phrased in this manner?
Just because you *can* doesn't mean you *should*.
Most of my current classmates could desperately use another couple years of maturing, and they're all in their early 20's taking "doctorate-level" classes at an accredited pharmacy school. At the same time they're kids, and aren't adult enough for the school to have an attendance policy like that of most colleges. You can't just show up to the ones you want to listen to. You have to ask the dean for permission if you want to miss even one class, technically even if there's nothing due on that day! It's ridiculous and they scare me.
Apr. 15th, 2008 01:17 pm (UTC)
Four years! Luxury! My high school curriculum was FIVE years!

My particular scenario was such that I didn't take school seriously until grade 11. If you had approached me in grade 9 and offered me such a deal I wouldn't have been mature enough to appreciate what such a plan meant.

Not to mention, I don't see much value in rushing kids out of highschool-- most kids aren't mature enough to be in college/university when they get there as it is.
Apr. 15th, 2008 01:20 pm (UTC)
That being said, I think the current high school curriculum doesn't prepare kids for much in terms of post-secondary education. I was fortunate to have an art teacher who prepared me for my application to art school but in terms of academics University came as quite a shock to me and I had to spend all of my first year learning how to learn.
Apr. 15th, 2008 02:36 pm (UTC)
I had a friend who finished a 4yr degree in 1 1/2 yrs. I later found out she had taken many college credit classes during the summer while in highschool. And when in college she did full 3 term years. She had herself a good paying adult job with benefits while I was in the midst of the second yr of college. Which 4 yrs turned into 5yrs (if you don't count my two year break for my mission) All the time working at McDonald's.
Apr. 15th, 2008 02:42 pm (UTC)
basically she had no summer for 5yrs because of summer schools. That's is how she got her college degree so quickly. She was very mature and well disciplined.
Apr. 16th, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC)
My high school didn't go to the 4 year system until I was a senior, so I did i t in 3 years anyway (plus I also moved between 9th and 10 grade (aka freshman and sophomore), so would have still been 3 years anyway. I didn't know there was ever an option for excelleratiing through high school. Maybe that's a new thing.
Apr. 30th, 2008 03:03 am (UTC)
I think there is a certain amount of growth and maturing that needs to happen before you get to college. Being one year ahead wouldn't make much difference. Any given grade is split about a year apart depending on when people have their birthdays so one more might not even make a difference, or else only a little. Two or more years would definitely be noticeable, especially when classmates start to hit drinking age. :)
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