College dilemmas

Posted Thursday, May. 23, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Choosing a college major is difficult. Eighty percent of incoming college students have no clue, and many switch during their time in college, raising costs and delaying graduation.

Any help from high schools would reap great benefits. The “gap year” is growing in popularity, too, if students or their parents can afford it. Students get away from the study grind and become more mature.

Europe’s experience is that only 15 percent of students should go to college. However, Europe’s high school students graduate with the educational equivalent of a two-year associate’s degree.

Perhaps we could connect our high schools and community colleges and get closer cooperation between them.

Also, consider that about 40 percent of all students lack fathers. Solving that cultural problem would greatly decrease the high school dropout rate and help many more to properly choose a major and a career.

— Curt Lampkin, Azle

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