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Learn It Yourself

The option for those who just don't feel like getting up
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This is a graduation option for people who are lazy or for whatever reason don't want to or can't go to public school or be home-schooled. This option is only available for high school students. How it works is that the student would receive a list of subjects requires for graduation, and each subject would also be broken down into smaller portions such as different books that would need to be read for English, different topics for Science (evolution, solar system, etc.) and basically the student has 4 years to learn these subjects completely on their own - via the internet or books either bought or checked out at the library. At any point up to 4 years, they come in to take a series of tests (they have the option of taking the tests in intervals based on grade or semester, or all at once). Once they've passed every test with at least an 80%, they receive their diploma and have passed high school. There would be rules to prevent these students from being 'up to no good' during the school day. This is the main reason for truancy laws, which are pretty queer if you ask me. This option is not available to anyone with a criminal record (this rule is variable based on the nature of crimes committed).
Pocketassreturn, Apr 26 2004

Baked http://www.acenet.edu/clll/ged/index.cfm
[Worldgineer, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 06 2004]

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       Essentially available as GED programs. However, your method of learning lacks the essential component of human interaction. Without a feedback loop in the system, your learning will be slow at best. The only indication you'll have that you have a proper understanding of the material is at test time, at which point it's too late.   

       I've taken online classes before, and have found that they require far more motivation than a regular class because you don't have the fear of being called on without knowing the answer, as well as the lack of a forced routine schedule.
Worldgineer, Apr 26 2004
  

       A GED program is different, because a GED is 'weaker' than a real diploma. In addition, I recognize the lack of socialization. As for the risk of being called on without knowing the answer, I believe that just causes stress which has no place in the learning environment.
Pocketassreturn, Apr 26 2004
  

       How would this be 'stronger' than a GED? Because you take tests over time rather than all at once?
Worldgineer, Apr 26 2004
  

       I think I agree with Mr. Gineer. If the student is "lazy", how likely is it that they would put in the necessary effort?
half, Apr 26 2004
  

       Not at all.
yabba do yabba dabba, Apr 27 2004
  

       It's stronger than a GED because it's a high school diploma. Although they're technically the same, if a college or job has two applicants with the same level of skills but one has a GED and one has a high school diploma, they'll pick the diploma every time.
Pocketassreturn, Apr 30 2004
  

       So the core of your idea is that you want high schools to certify a student that's taken the GED (or something similar)? First, I think this is well baked. Second, if it's not then it's not for a good reason - the student didn't actually go to any classes at that high school.
Worldgineer, Apr 30 2004
  

       A high school diploma is not important because employers want to make sure you know all the high school stuff. It is important because employers want to know you are able to show up, on time, most of the time. Which is one of the most important credentials for any job.
bungston, Apr 30 2004
  

       Worldgineer...It's not like I spent hours and hours dwelling on and developing this idea...it came off the top of my head and I thought a few other peoples' opinions would be nice. Cool down. And anyway, it's not really for lazy people, and it's not exactly a GED...they have to get off their asses and find the information themselves, unlike sitting in a classroom with other twenty-something losers for a few weeks. They have to call book stores, go to the library, search the web, etc. So in that way it's also not an anti-social option either. BTW scout...don't feel bad. My mom had a whistle.   

       And I'm new here...is 'well-baked' a good or bad thing?
Pocketassreturn, Apr 30 2004
  

       Sheesh, just because someone makes a statement pointing out perceived flaws in your idea doesn't mean that they're all in a lather about it. That's just what happens here. Some here use the phrase "not the happy cuddle club" in reference to that. :-)   

       "Well-baked" in the context of this site is sortakinda a bad thing, but not a reflection on the quality of the idea necessarily. I take it to mean that the idea is widely known to exist, a fact which doesn't sit well since the concept of the site is to post original ideas.
half, Apr 30 2004
  

       (what [half] said)   

       Please take a few minutes to read the help file to the left. Many of us had a bit of a rough start here, but reading the help file and lurking for a bit generally helps.
Worldgineer, Apr 30 2004
  

       Wordgineer...it seems you've decided to lay off on the insults for this particular idea. Not only that, but you actually seem to care and want to help. Is this the same person who seems to think I'm a complete idiot in the Survivor Camp idea? Nah, can't be.
Pocketassreturn, Apr 30 2004
  

       Look at all this discussion. Thats how I judge the quality of an idea. Welcome, [Pock].
bungston, Apr 30 2004
  

       Actually not a bad idea for criminals either, except you’d keep them behind bars until they passed. The degree required would be chosen based on the educational background of the offender and the crime. A high school dropout burglar would be sentenced to an equivalency. For more serious crimes, more serious degrees. For second-degree murder, a PhD in quantum physics might do. For first-degree, you’d have to get the PhD plus win a Nobel Prize.
ldischler, May 01 2004
  

       I can't abide laziness, or the encouragement of it. Bone.
juanmanandez, Jun 09 2004
  
      
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