Jay wrote:I would hate to force people to make a life altering decision like that at such a young age.
Let's say they change their minds and want to get in to a university: I would assume that even students who chose the "trade school route" could still take the ACT/SAT and apply to schools of interest. This sort of student would probably be in the minority compared to those that continue to display relatively similar grades/inclinations from 12-13 up through highschool, and they would likely need to put in extra effort to study for the SAT/ACT (beyond what more-prepared peers might require).
But if they had posted decent grades in their trade-oriented coursework, and go on to earn a decent ACT/SAT score, I see no reason why they wouldn't be able to go to college. Then it might be a matter of schools trying to prevent kids from taking the "easy route" and taking a bunch of technical classes, then taking the ACT/SAT and going to college. Although I don't personally see a problem with that, if they can still pass the same exams as everyone else...whatever was missed should be made up for in college, right?
(I'm assuming that, as I said above, basic algebra - and for that matter, basic science, English, etc. - would be covered regardless of your path. Just as universities will still give B.A. students at least a few math/science req's, to make them well-rounded and all. Insert fat American joke here...)
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