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Graduation Success - Cameron Lull

Graduation Success Story

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Wow… I am just so grateful I got to do my education with Applied Scholastics Online Academy. Honestly, I don’t think I would have made it in public school (and I definitely wouldn’t have actually learned anything). Everything this school offers is just tailor-made for you as an individual and I can’t think of any other way to go about getting a good education than through Applied Scholastics.

I ACTUALLY LEARNED THINGS! I had fun! I enjoyed myself! I liked getting an education; all because of how this school’s educators went about giving it to me. I think the coolest thing I could mention about doing this program was that I could do dancing for PE and have music as an elective. That and getting to have church studies as high school credit. But I think the reason all this was possible in the first place is because of Mr. Hubbard. He discovered the Study Technology. He wanted people to enjoy their education and actually learn something that could be applied in life. He made it possible. I am also incredibly thankful for my online teacher. She never got upset at me for anything, even if it could have at times been warranted.

In conclusion, I loved this school. And it has really given me a chance to get an education, and for that, I am thankful. I really just have to say to parents who want the best education for their kids and the most effective way to go about doing it, you need to get them on this program. My folks did, and here I am a graduate with real life applicable skills. 🙂

C. L.

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Crossroads

If you are in the job market and never graduated from high school you may find yourself at a disadvantage. Of course, you can bite the bullet and just finish high school with night classes or online. But, you may have also considered getting a GED certificate (General Education Development), which some employers accept in place of a diploma.

However, put yourself in the employer’s shoes for a moment. He has two equally qualified applicants, one with a high school diploma and the other with a GED. The diploma tells the employer that this applicant was able to finish what he started. The GED certificate tells the employer that this applicant never finished high school, but took a test that verified that he has “at least a basic ability level.” Which applicant would you choose?

According to an opinion put forth at Expertlaw.com, “A high school education is always better than a GED.”

Well, ok, a high school diploma is better. But let’s be practical here. You’re trying to get a job within the next few weeks. You might be able to pass the GED test in that amount of time, but can you finish high school in the same amount of time?
The answer may surprise you. If you’ve continued to develop useful skills and improved your vocabulary since leaving school you may be qualified to receive your high school diploma now.

In some cases the assessment and transcript preparation for a diploma is no more expensive or time-consuming than GED preparation and testing. If you need to bring your GPA (grade point average) up, ASOA will work with you to improve your GPA in a timely fashion.

If you don’t have a high school diploma, you owe it to yourself to check out our graduation program.

May your studies be rewarding.

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When we hear of someone graduating from high school at fifteen or sixteen we naturally think, “Wow, that must be some whiz kid!”

But how about typical students: can they graduate at age sixteen and still have a quality education? The answer is, “Yes.” Read on.

When I went to high school, my fellow students and I just assumed that it would take a full year to finish each grade level. The studies weren’t particularly hard – it was just a matter of putting in the time. The only thing affected by our diligence was our GPA, not our graduation date.

If anyone had asked us, “would you like to graduate in half the time by studying twice as much?” many of us would have answered, “YES, what do we have to do?” We simply didn’t know that option was available.

In actual fact most schools have a vested interest to keep students on board until they are seventeen or eighteen.

This interest is two-fold.

First, the curriculum is set up to be delivered on a September to June schedule for each grade level. A student moving at a faster pace would require a custom program and personal attention by his educators on a year-round basis.

Second, the school’s income from the state is based on the number of students they have on-board. Even private schools receive more income if a student stays with them longer. A student graduating a year or two early would reduce either budget proportionately.

Also, public schools (called state schools in England) have a dual purpose in our society: 1) education AND 2) keeping young people occupied and off the street until they are old enough to join the workforce. With this in mind it would be counter-productive for public schools to encourage young people to graduate early.

But how about the fifteen-year-old student who has big plans and wants to get on with his life? He CAN graduate early, but he needs to find a school that will work with him. He’ll probably want to include the summer months in his schedule. He’ll need a custom program and educators who will work with him personally. In very rare cases this has happened in public schools. Early graduation is available at some private schools, but you usually have to ask for it.

If you know someone who wants to graduate early, let them know this option is available.

May your studies be rewarding.

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Making sure our high school graduates are prepared to take on the challenges of life should be one of our nation’s top priorities. After all, these graduates are the future of our society.

Legislators and school boards have tried to develop guidelines to handle this challenge. These guidelines primarily list subjects to be studied in each grade. State Boards of Education often take this a step further by approving texts for different subjects. Teachers then verify that students have learned these materials by how well the students can parrot them back on exams.

In effect students are expected to memorize a lot of data. But, does this give them the knowledge they need to handle life?

Is Information the Same as Knowledge?

The keyword here is knowledge. Educators are attempting to prepare students by giving them information. This may seem workable, but a closer look will show it has problems. Einstein said, “Information is not knowledge,” and concluded, “The only source of knowledge is experience.”

Even if knowledge were proportional to information, we now live in an information age where the amount of data available is beyond what any one person could know. Success in today’s society is not limited by the information we have, but by the ability to acquire the knowledge we need.

The Quick-Study

We will never be able to memorize enough data to be fully prepared for life. Instead, we must assimilate data as needed. This requires an ability to research and learn like never before. People who can do this are sometimes called a quick-study, because they learn quickly.

Instead of graduating students with a head full of facts, we should be graduating quick-study students.

A few schools, on the cutting edge, have already changed their emphasis from learning a lot of facts to learning how to research and study. Graduates from these schools truly are prepared for life. They know they can take on any job, confident that their research and study skills will carry them through.

If you know students who are just learning a lot of facts, you should encourage them to find a school that will successfully prepare them for life.

May your studies be rewarding.

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