Among the various purposes of high school English classes, the overriding assumption is that what students do, and what they learn, will prepare them for The Future. The ideal future, according to general consensus (with exceptions, of course), includes a college education. So the question of how best to prepare students for college is often at the forefront of curriculum and classroom concerns.
On Mon, 1 Jan 2007, Jeni Crowder posted a note to EngTeach-Talk wondering if she is doing everything possible to prepare her students for college. Good ideas and more questions followed. Here is a selection of messages posted in that thread.
From: "Jeni Crowder"
Date: Mon, 1 Jan 2007 11:53:02
Before Christmas break, one of my students made a comment concerning how she would never have to do what I was making her do in college. On the one hand, I know that the student was just complaining because this student loves to complain. However, the comment has stuck with me and makes me wonder if I am doing everything I can to prepare my kids for what they will experience in college. Also, given my career choice, my college experiences focused on English and history. The basis of my experiences are in those areas. What skills will my kids need that are going to be business majors or chemistry majors? I have one student who will be majoring in turf management. What recommendations do you all have?
Thank you! Jeni