Education

College Preparation—It’s Academic

October 02, 2006 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

Why are American high school students so unprepared for college? Is it poor teacher quality, lack of pressure—too much pressure? Many people think students would be better prepared for higher education if they had better teachers. But maybe it’s not the quality of the teacher—maybe it’s the quality of the academic work itself.

Reading nonfiction books and practicing more serious academic writing in high school are a necessary part of improving college preparedness, writes Will Fitzhugh in this Education Week Commentary. Fitzhugh, the founder of The Concord Review, the National Writing Board, and the National History Club, laments the accepted practice of assigning only fiction books, and often only selections of novels, rather than whole books or nonfiction reading on subjects like history. According to Fitzhugh, the most important factor in achievement is academic work, and nonfiction reading and writing are a necessary part of serious work.

What do you think? Should high schools require nonfiction reading? Are excerpts, rather than whole novels, sufficient for college preparation? Is the problem with college preparedness the work, or the teachers—or something else entirely?

A version of this news article first appeared in the TalkBack blog.

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
School & District Management Webinar
Leadership in Education: Building Collaborative Teams and Driving Innovation
Learn strategies to build strong teams, foster innovation, & drive student success.
Content provided by Follett Learning
School & District Management K-12 Essentials Forum Principals, Lead Stronger in the New School Year
Join this free virtual event for a deep dive on the skills and motivation you need to put your best foot forward in the new year.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Privacy & Security Webinar
Navigating Modern Data Protection & Privacy in Education
Explore the modern landscape of data loss prevention in education and learn actionable strategies to protect sensitive data.
Content provided by  Symantec & Carahsoft

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated: June 12, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education Briefly Stated: May 29, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education Briefly Stated: May 8, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: April 17, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read