Friday Fragments | Confessions of a Neighborhood School Dean



My due to the entire sensible and worldly readers who responded to my question about nationwide statistics on the bachelor’s-level success charges of scholars who participated in early-college packages in highschool.

The unhealthy information is, apparently, there isn’t a lot good national-scale analysis on the market.

If there are any enterprising Ed.D. graduate college students on the market searching for a dissertation matter that would make a distinction, I supply this on your consideration.

There’s no scarcity of assured opinion about early-college packages on all sides however, up to now, comparatively little detailed analysis. Do college students who get middling grades in school lessons at age 15 undergo once they finally apply to regulation or medical faculty? Do college students who take many gen ed lessons whereas in highschool do as nicely within the junior and senior years of faculty as those that largely waited till school? Do the results differ by race, intercourse, earnings stage or veteran standing?

Budding statisticians trying to make a mark, I go away this in your succesful fingers …

A tip of the cap to Consultant Joe Courtney, Democrat of Connecticut, who gave me a name Monday to debate final week’s piece on canceling the curiosity on scholar loans.

He had launched a invoice to do one thing comparable. He referred to it as “refinancing,” which I suppose it’s, however on autopilot. As he famous, individuals throughout the political spectrum have refinanced loans earlier than; that is successfully the identical factor. However because the lender could be doing it at scale, it will be so much much less work for the debtors. Setting the brand new rate of interest at zero would nonetheless require individuals to pay again each penny of principal, but it surely wouldn’t require them to pay any greater than that. Individuals wouldn’t fall into the entice of compound curiosity accruing sooner than their funds; as an alternative, each penny paid would scale back the remaining principal.

I used to be glad to listen to that the concept is within the air in Congress. In contrast to flat-out cancellation, it might be able to entice bipartisan help and survive adjustments in celebration management. And it will permit the underlying program to outlive.

Consultant Courtney may have had a staffer ship an electronic mail, however he put aside the time for an precise dialog with somebody who doesn’t even dwell in his district. I appreciated that.

Within the curiosity of bipartisanship, I’d be blissful to have an identical dialog with anybody on the opposite facet of the aisle, as nicely. Trace, trace …

This week marked The Woman’s remaining highschool band live performance. Which is to say, it marked our remaining highschool band live performance as dad and mom. We’ve been to each live performance since The Boy was in fifth grade.

The entire empty-nest factor is beginning to grow to be actual.

When The Boy went off to school three years in the past, we positively felt the absence. However we have been nonetheless actively parenting every day. In a couple of months, we received’t be. For the primary time since 2001, we received’t have a toddler in the home.

TG has to make her school selection this month. If not for a very persnickety monetary support workplace at one faculty, she most likely would have made it by now. She’s desperate to know the place she’ll be. We’re, too, however possibly just a bit bit much less.



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