Here’s one way to eliminate senior slump. Eliminate senior year.
Denver-AP — Colorado lawmakers are considering one way to eliminate the so-called “senior slump” — getting rid of that year of high school altogether.
State lawmakers have asked education officials to study the possibility of eliminating the 12th grade and establishing a year of preschool instead. They say it would better prepare students for college by giving them an early start — and possibly save money.
I guess academically motivated students could take community college classes to qualify for four-year colleges, though parents are going to grumble at paying for that 12th year. But what about the students who already have trouble passing a graduation exam that measures basic skills? Eleventh grade will become their slump year, and they’ll move to the workforce as semi-literate push-outs.
Here are some other ideas for motivating students to work in their senior year.