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    Filed at 8:17 am under by dcobranchi

    The Christian Science Monitor writes about a way to save on college tuition: take the courses at a community college while still enrolled in high school. Of course, homeschoolers have been doing this for years. As always, some educrats worry about what the kids are missing:

    But while some herald accelerated college as a creative solution to skyrocketing tuition, other educators are concerned by what it might mean to the college experience. They worry that the days of taking classes as impractical as Swedish literature or glass blowing could be dwindling. And that one consequence might be a narrowing of the American mind.

    Hey! What’s wrong with glassblowing. Salem Community College (where I am occasionally an adjunct) offers terrific programs in scientific glass technology and in glass art. Edusnob!

    One Response to “AHEAD OF THE CURVE”

    Comment by
    September 3rd, 2003
    at 3:39 pm

    Daryl, I don’t read the article that way. I think the concern here is that kids will be rushed to get through college, they’ll be focussed and specialized early, and they won’t take the time for those extra classes like glassblowing that you take just because they’re interesting. Hence they’ll enter the workforce earlier but they won’t be as culturally enriched. I don’t know if that’s a valid concern, though, because people on the usual four-year track still have most of their classes mandated by whatever they’re majoring in.