It's not about the students

One of the more recent efforts underway at my college is college College in the High School, or something like that, where high school students take classes from high school teachers in high school classrooms, but for college credit. Back in the day, whenever that was, this was called high school. But now, because everyone is exceptional, and apparently high school is a waste of time for high school students, the teachers that are apparently failing them in their high school studies are now going to guide them through a college level education. I guess the first thing we need to figure out is whether these teachers are the problem for the failure of the high schools and their students (I don't really think they are) or whether the problem lies elsewhere, such as the bone headed state legislature.

What I do know is that the more we, meaning society, devalue high school education, and the more we try to make it a college education because high school sucks so bad, the less meaning high school has for everyone, including college teachers like myself.

Saddest of all is the reason we are doing it. Not because it serves students well, but because another college in the area is getting in on the action and we don't want them poaching our students. This is not, and lately it never is, about what is good for students, for teaching and learning. It's all about market share and revenue streams. How about we stop all this fast track bullshit in favor of providing students a worthwhile education at the level they are presently at. If students are exceptional, they can come to the college campus and take classes. But please, let's not turn high schools into pseudo-colleges, because the joke is then on everyone involved and it's all of us who will pay the price down the road when we have credentialed but uneducated graduates who aren't worth a damn.