I believe what makes my students successful are personal traits like self-knowledge, confidence, and a sense of autonomy. They skip much or all of high school and find themselves sitting in college classrooms filled mainly with people who have experienced a traditional high school education that, because it is so rigidly prescribed and insistently delivered, has prevented them from making a deeply personal investment in their own learning and thus makes their high school education largely empty. It is this emptiness that my students skip, and their personal sturdiness more than makes up for what little they miss in high school.
I do not believe that formal academic studies are for everyone, but academic goals might appear to be most difficult to reach without preparation in high school. The fact of the matter is that I’ve been able to see no connection between how much time people spend on coursework at the high school level and how well they do in college. People who skip all of high school do as well as people who skip just a year of it. This is the most intriguing lesson I’ve learned in forty years in education.
On June 13, 2011, I woke up a happy and excited 17 year old for it was my graduation day and that meant no more high school, no more nagging teachers, and no more drama.
If you earn a diploma when you’re younger than 18, you gain freedom from the law that compels you to go to high school, you also get out from under the laws that restrict your hours when you work and require you to have a work permit, and you gain independent access to community colleges. (You gain these advantages when you turn 18 just because of your age.)
Some people believe that these tests help with students' education, and they should have to pass these tests to graduate from high school; others disagree and think these tests just cause more stress for students.
Her contribution to the graduates’ yearbook, titled “A Wish for World Peace,” said a school excursion last May to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park near ground zero of the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing changed her outlook “drastically.”
The princess, who missed many classes during her elementary school years, attended her junior high school consistently, with the exception of being absent for over one month last fall due to poor health.
Once in a while someone writes something like, “I want a diploma so that I can say that I got a good education.” This worries me. Your diploma will not come with a pre-packaged education; by itself it will not make you a better-educated person. I mean a BHS diploma to acknowledge and support your belief that you are in a good position to get on with your life without spending additional time in high-school-level classes. I do not think of obtaining a BHS diploma as a significant accomplishment in and of itself. It is significant because it recognizes what you have achieved already and because it puts you in a better position to reach future goals. I intend a diploma to honor who you already are, not to make you into someone else.
Prior to 2012, nationwide standardized objective measures did not exist for measuring four-year high school graduation rates; tracking educational progress varied from state to state.
“I made many good friends and enjoyed the (past) three years,” the 15-year-old princess told reporters as she arrived at Gakushuin Girls’ Junior High School with her parents for a graduation ceremony.
On June 13, 2011, I woke up a happy and excited 17 year old for it was my graduation day and that meant no more high school, no more nagging teachers, and no more drama....
You must submit one letter supporting your getting a diploma from someone who knows you reasonably well. This person can be a parent, relative, teacher, employer, friend, or anyone else. Your supportive letter writer should (1) explain what his (or her) relationship is to you and state how long he’s known you, (2) describe what he sees as your strengths, interests, talents, and accomplishments, and (3) state clearly why he believes you will do well beyond high school and why you deserve a high school diploma. Your letter writer should understand that excerpts from the letter will most likely appear on your transcript. Make sure whoever writes for you knows everything in this paragraph; if necessary, photocopy this paragraph and give it to the person who is supporting you.
Princess Aiko, the only child of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, submitted an essay to her class yearbook expressing her wish for world peace as she graduated from junior high school in Tokyo on Wednesday.
1. Why do you want to be done with high school? If you’re older than traditional high school students, this question becomes: Why do you think you’ll be successful without having done all the usual classwork of high school?