Finishing high school in three years


April 16, 2000|By T. Berry Brazelton, M.D., new york times special features

Q. What do you think about high schoolers graduating in three years instead of four? This is what my son wants to do. I don't think he is ready to be involved in the college scene, but he might be able to handle a community college. That way he could get some of his basic courses out of the way and work part-time before going on to a regular college setting.

A. At his age, I would let your son participate in the decision. You can certainly lay out the alternatives -- and the courses of action needed for each one -- but he'd better be invested in the plan or he'll lose incentive.

I agree with you that college is a big step and that your son needs to be mature enough for it if he wants to succeed.

Questions or comments should be addressed to Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, care of the New York Times Syndication Sales Corp., 122 E. 42nd St., New York, N.Y. 10168.

Pub Date: 04/20/00

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