Did you know that 60% of high school graduates are not prepared for college? It’s true. Several studies show that a high school diploma is no longer enough to properly prepare students for college. This “college preparation gap” is the widest it has been since 1992.
The College Board, makers of the SAT, found that the majority of university professors viewed incoming college freshmen students are “ill-prepared and over-stimulated.” Professors stated that students lacked the analytical reading skills and attention span to be successful in their classes. Professors have noted that students can’t go more than 15 or 20 minutes without picking up their cell phone. In fact, experiments have been conducted that show heart rates and blood pressure spike when students hear their phone ring but can’t answer. Some professors have attempted to incorporate games into their lectures where using a cell phone is required. Other professors have simply given up and provide technology breaks every 15 or 20 minutes in order to keep students focused.
Do you think our schools are doing enough to prepare our children? Are we naive by thinking that our kids are ready for the next step?