Real Music wrote:
.... the only thing that would prevent them from attending college would be the finance of attending college.
Having funds for College is of course very important. However, what is far more important is finding a College that will accept them . As you may know, many kids would like to attend Harvard, Yale, U of Chicago...etc. But they don't have the educational backgrounds, that would allow them to excell in the above mentioned schools if they were admitted.
Time after time, many American college graduates ( undergraduate schools) apply to Medical, Dental, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Law schools for advanced graduate education. Some are accepted, while many are not.
Of those,who are accepted, some flunk out because of lack of interest and/or lack of ability. Their ability to suceed in a graduate or professional program is strongly related to their ability to study required material and to succesfully pass exams,while in school.
Upon completion of graduate medical and legal programs, which have resulted in their receiving a JD ( law)or an MD in medicine, their ability to perform well on more advanced exams such as the Bar exam ( Law) or the Medical Boards( medicine,pharmacy, nursing etc) will determine, whether they are fit to practice medicine , law, pharmacy, nursing, etc.
It's important for kids to learn how to take tests at any early age, so that they are ready to perform, much later in life, when the really important exams in life must be taken ( Bar, Board exams...etc)
Also important is for students and parents to decide, why a college education may or may not be important for their children. In the US, too many parents ( and their children) think only of the financial rewards of having a College education ( undergrad, grad, or professional).
Few parents and their children ( in my opinion) consider the advantages to higher education, that have nothing to do with either job selection/and or financial benefits following graduation.