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  •  Community Colleges don't suit everyone (2+ / 0-)
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    If someone is academically strong, then they will probably be bored by community college classes.  A school with such a loose admissions policy has to teach accordingly.  Sure, there is a transfer option out, but -- at least around here -- it's not aimed at academically-inclined students. And the Obama administration is supporting community colleges, but as job training schools, not academic.

    Around Boston, one trick is to start by taking courses at Harvard Extension.  It's relatively cheap (something like 1/3 of "real" Harvard tuition) and basically open, and the classes aren't bad.  Most are at night, since it's aimed at working adults, though my son took classes there while still in high school.  And it still says "Harvard", which is a pretty good transfer credit.

    •  Bored? (0+ / 0-)

      How boring can it be to save your parents (or yourself) thousands of dollars in tuition?

      As someone who paid every penny of her college tuition herself, I have a really hard time finding any sympathy for a kid who is that easily bored.  :-)

      "The fears of one class of men are not the measure of the rights of another." ~ George Bancroft (1800-1891)

      by JBL55 on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 12:02:34 PM PDT

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      •  Just pointing out the obvious (4+ / 0-)
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        JBL55, K S LaVida, burlydee, ebohlman

        Uh, I actually found it to be a good thing that my classes were just on the outer bounds of my academic abilities and that I had to spend a lot of time studying in order to rise to the challenge. Community colleges can work for some people, but far too often they are geared for people who need attention in order to prepare for college level work, not people who are ready for college level work. It's certainly not out of bounds to point that out.

        College education isn't about punching a card and checking a box off about "requirements." It's about expanding your mind and pushing your limits.

        •  Yeah, one of the problems is that if students (0+ / 0-)

          spend too much time taking classes that are unchallenging to them, they can get in the habit of just skating through and then get overwhelmed when they finally transfer to somewhere more challenging. Challenging courses don't just impart knowledge; they help develop good work habits.

          Writing in all lower-case letters should be a capital offense

          by ebohlman on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 03:50:48 PM PDT

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