Every day, I see former my high school students in the college hallways, study areas or in my own classroom. People may argue, “Not all students are destined for college.” My response, “Who are we to decide which students leave prepared and which don’t?”
My second year at YVCC, a student from my first year of teaching high school made an appearance on my roster. On paper, she would not have been “destined for college.” She was a teen mom who dropped out of high school, spent some time in alternative school and eventually got her GED. She now had three kids and wanted to provide a better life for them. Our old standards did not prepare her for college. She struggled and my heart ached that we had not prepared her better while in high school. This might seem like just one example, but in my experience, this happens more than we would like to admit.