A failing grade: Credit mill students pay for success, literally

Apparently, money can buy you everything.

Now up for grabs in Ontario: a brand-spanking-new education that parents can buy for their children.

At least that’s what they think, as Ontario youth herd to high school “credit mills,” trading money for marks.

Sorry kids. You might be getting the marks, but this is still a fail.

Consider the main goal here: parents want their kids to be accepted into a university or college, and then graduate from said university or college. Buying them high school marks ignores the latter half of that ultimate goal.

The student will be ecstatic getting into their desired post-secondary institution, but what happens then?

They’ll be set up to crash and burn, that’s what.

Let’s make this analogous, in case credit mill graduates are reading this.

Imagine you’re building a house — a house with no foundation. Would be pretty difficult, I’d assume.

Without the prior work ethic or intelligence required to succeed in postsecondary education, parents prepare their kids for failure, not fortune.

It will be extremely tough for a student who has a phantom high school degree to keep up at the no-nonsense post-secondary level — you can damn well bet these teachers won’t give you marks for doing nothing.

What makes this tragedy a catastrophe is the effect on student’s vying for a spot in university or college that actually did the work, yet have their spot stolen from the credit mill alumni.

A student earning a 70 per cent average is surely a better fit then a student handed an 80 per cent, no?

With the elections wrapped up, hopefully our incumbent will pay more attention to the education system — one of many topics being debated.

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By: Alex Kozovski
Posted: Oct 11 2011 9:00 am
Filed under: Opinion