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    According to this article, the state of New Mexico is requiring high school students to have documented a plan to attend college, enter the military, or go to trade school/get an apprenticeship.

    Since we're all interested in education in general, I wondered what others thought of this.

    Personally, I understand the rationale behind it--get kids thinking about their future AND plan for it. But what about those kids that simply don't know what they want to do? There are college age kids, and heck, some full blown adults who still don't know what they want to do.

    Thoughts? RTB, this is your state. What is said locally about this measure? I'm assuming homeschoolers would be exempt?

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    It adds Chicago adopting this policy for 2020.

    I feel one of our social problems is the emphasis on 4 year colleges as the only way to succeed in life. We define people by their jobs, and look down on those jobs that dont require a boatload of student debt.
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    Asking a 17 yr old to commit to their lifelong career seems premature to me. We would look down on kids getting married at that age, a career is pretty much the same sort of commitment.
    Hmmm, I wonder if there are studies on how old a person is when they start a career versus how long they keep it?
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    I don't think it would apply to homeschoolers, because you don't get a NM diploma when you graduate from a homeschool here. People who want a NM Diploma can sit for the GED. Or you go the non-NM diploma route where the parent issues a diploma, or the child can get a diploma via a distance / online school. Overall, NM is a very low regulation state.

    This is the first I've heard of it actually. Interesting idea. The local news says that it was modeled after a district in TX.

    In theory this sounds great. I could see it as part of a wonderful life skills class - how to file taxes, how to open a bank account, stocks /mutual funds/bonds/ira as a method of investing/saving, how to sign a lease, how to get healthcare/insurance, how loans work, how to buy a car, how to build a budget, how to interview for a job, how to apply to college / trade school. But no such class exists here.

    It seems like such a mandate would require funding to hire additional guidance counselors to help with the increase in work load it would bring. NM is a very poor state, I'm not sure where that funding would come from.

    The local article lists a series of concerns, and I get it. I don't think learning to fill out an application is done in vain because it gives them the experience / skill. I'm sure many of our highschool kids are not getting help with the task at home. Also filling out a college application, does not mean you have to accept the placement. But what about the mental state of the kids who don't get accepted - eek? I also like the idea that it does not have to be for college, that it can include trade school or community college. Maybe a kid would find a program they never knew existed, and it motivates them to continue their education. I'm not sure what the DACA concern is - if it is that these kids may be deported soon or a college application will put them on the radar for deportation.

    Overall I think the process would have to include some information and help with financial aid.
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    This is one of those things that's great in theory. I mean, all kids should be doing this - making plans and backup plans. We should all do this with our kids in high school. In practice in public schools I think these things often turn into bureaucratic hoops for kids. The kids who have plans don't need it and it's yet another thing in their overscheduled lives. The kids who don't have a clue don't always get the right sort of support to make real plans. Or, worse, they have difficult lives and this is yet another graduation requirement that is difficult to fulfill when they're already on the edge. I'm certainly not against it per se though. Seems reasonable.
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