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    #214921 - 04/25/15 07:26 AM Re: Global Freshman Academy - edX/ASU [Re: madeinuk]
    indigo Offline

    Registered: 04/27/13
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    Originally Posted By: madeinuk
    In NYC and many other places, I am sure these days, many baristas already have college degrees and come from 'privileged' middle class families...
    Most likely, those are not the individuals looking to apply for admission this program. However I believe you may be raising another critical issue... one of underemployment?

    #214926 - 04/25/15 08:12 AM Re: Global Freshman Academy - edX/ASU [Re: indigo]
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    Registered: 01/23/12
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    While it is true that GPAs and SAT scores are predictive of college success, they may not be the only predictors of success in college - or in life. The program does not seem to be marketed to the traditional student, but rather as an outreach to individuals who might not have otherwise had the opportunity to take college courses (specifically the baristas mentioned in an article upthread), and to those who may not have taken an SAT exam, etc. Additionally the Global Freshman Academy may provide a great opportunity for a young gifted student to access higher level curriculum. Like all tools, this one can be used appropriately.

    I agree this program is not for traditional student. Some people do not have the SATs and the time to go to a regular college, some have to work full time from a very young age. I think this provides opportunities for such people.

    It is also an opportunity for gifted kids. In some towns where there are no schools for gifted children and no options for acceleration within school and no access to community college or university course for kids that exhaust the regular curriculum in high school. Parents of gifted kids in places like this have to scramble continuously for opportunities to keep their children challenged. This provides gifted kids with the opportunity to take college level courses while they are in high school regardless of where they live.

    #214959 - 04/25/15 06:07 PM Re: Global Freshman Academy - edX/ASU [Re: 75west]
    75west Offline

    Registered: 02/11/11
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    Thank you, thank you, thank you loubalou. Yes!!! Couldn't agree with you more.

    MA is a state that with zero funding for g/t services. A handful of towns and cities may have some form of g/t but not mine. No options for acceleration within the public and no access to community college or state colleges until age 14 either; even when dual enrollment kicks in, there is a host of restrictions. And with the cost of housing, transportation, and other living expenses being so high here, many parents do not see un/homeschooling as a viable alternative for their gifted kids due to the financial sacrifices and costs involved.

    For these reasons and others, the Global Freshman Academy will be a breath of fresh air. Yes, it's not a panacea but it's better than nothing.

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