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A Cure for Senioritis

A Cure for Senioritis

Almost every high school graduate has fallen ill at one point or another to the dreaded, “senioritis.” Good news! There may be a cure–at least in Utah.

Instead of having students waste their last year in school, Utah Republican Senator Chris Buttars recently proposed to replace the ever-popular senior cut day, with senior cut year.

After all, the state of Utah could save more than $60 million each year on students who, according to Buttars, “aren’t getting anything out of that grade.”  He also looks to other education systems in different nations, pointing out that “Almost all the industrial world uses only 11 grades. Why do we use 12? The kids either got one foot in AP classes in college, or they’re just running around taking P.E.

Buttars originally suggested a mandatory elimination of the 12th grade, but has since revised his proposal to make it optional. Early graduation has always been an option, but Chairwoman of the Utah Board of Education, Debra Roberts, believes that students shouldn’t be “pushed” to leave.

A similar initiative for 2011, set to take place in Connecticut, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, would allow 10th graders to test out of high school and go straight to community college.

Is less school really the answer? Tell us what you think by participating in the poll below. And don’t forget to comment!

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9:43PM PST on Mar 11, 2010

Gracias!

1:39PM PST on Mar 3, 2010

this is a good case of less is more, a bored student will be turned off learning.

8:53AM PST on Mar 1, 2010

Interesting article!

9:26PM PST on Feb 28, 2010

i would have loved to skip a year or two...

12:20PM PST on Feb 27, 2010

Fortunately, the Polish school system is different.

12:20PM PST on Feb 27, 2010

Fortunately, the Polish school system is different.

10:02AM PST on Feb 26, 2010

I'm currently in my senior year of high school and I feel like my year is going to waste. I'm not learning anything I'll need in the future. I've basically filled up my schedule with random classes to fulfill a minimum period requirement!

10:19PM PST on Feb 25, 2010

My senior year was ok, but all I did was take lit classes. I didn't go to prom (yawn) and I really could have gone to college because I was ready. Graduating out of tenth grade would have been much better. The only thing I learned after 10th grade was American history, and I could have taken that at college.

7:27PM PST on Feb 25, 2010

not sure about this.

7:38AM PST on Feb 25, 2010

Allowing students to test out of senior year would be great. I simply graduated a year early, about 30 years ago. I was well and truly done with high school by that time, and I'm sure many students are.

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