A link to a story showed up in the Google alerts (duh — that’s what Google alerts are for). The report is from Michigan and it involved an account of homeschoolers and other nonpublic school students being allowed to take classes at a town’s high school. From the write-up, I couldn’t tell why this was happening, but I got the impression that perhaps the building was not being fully used? … which may be right or wrong.
Howell sees ‘win-win’ at Parker, 16 July 2008, Livingston Daily, Livingston, Michigan
Other benefits for the district include using a portion of the Parker facility that has been nearly shuttered and introducing students to Howell Public Schools who might not otherwise have considered the district.
In any case, that was why I went looking for more information — it is so hard to know whether something is relevant without any background information.
I found a Powerpoint slide show from the district, and was reading through it because you never know where you’re going to find the significant key word (if any), and soon I was disoriented because the slide was about retirement. I was metaphorically strolling along the edge of the schoolyard beach when, bloop, I walked off the hidden ledge and dropped into the undersea depths of advancing old age.
Apparently early retirement is part of the carrot used to attract kids to dual-enrollment in high school and a local community college. The big benefit of earning an Associates degree concurrently with a high school diploma is that you can retire two years ahead of schedule. I don’t know about you, but when I was 16, I didn’t think I’d be alive now.
I suppose it makes sense to talk about retirement to sixteen year old kids because it’s a fact of life, even it isn’t one of the sexy facts. Retirement is important (sez the lady who waved goodbye to 50 a ‘few’ years ago), and our culture’s method of retirement changed a while ago from the pension-plan style to making your own ‘parachute.’ It’s just that looking at multi-style class schedule plans (9th grade “Academy” plan; 10th grade “Clustering” model; 11th grade “Collegiate” model; community college blended plan — week 1 and week 2), followed by a summer school schedule, and the incentive of retirement just seems to leave out, like, life. What happened to the adventure?
In any case, we’re never going to find out from me whether the decision to entice homeschooled teens into a Michigan public program is good, bad or indifferent. Unless it becomes a national cause célèbre and Google sends me another alert or ten, my research just ended. The dreary vision of telling teens to get in their AARP applications really early has left me needing to get out and do something.