"A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men
from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
(Thomas Jefferson)

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Valedictorian Among 11 Students In Graduation Mistake

You ask how can this happen? Any parent who has dealt with some guidance counselors over the year including college will tell you they are not shocked.

The only way to prevent this is to make sure as a parent you know what is required for graduation and ensure that your children get the necessary credits. It is not only high school but it also happens in college where students in many cases have to complete their requirements the summer after graduation because their credit check before their senior year wasn't correct.

Another case where parents need to be involved in their children's education so this doesn't happen. I would shout it from the rooftops "do not trust guidance counselors" if I thought it would help.

I looked my daughter's college transcript before her senior year over and over again because I thought she was short three credit hours compared to what the counselor said when she did the credit check. She took three extra hours just in case and because of that she had the necessary credits to graduate. None of the students who had that woman for a counselor really thought she was on top of things and why my daughter asked me to also check the transcript.

This should be a lesson to not only students but their parents to check credit hours along with the subjects required to graduate and not depend on a guidance counselor or any school -- double check.

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