Relationship Between High School Students And Their Success Rate

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Clifford Adelman states that, “Among high school students who graduated in the bottom 40 percent of their classes, and whose first institutions were four-year colleges, two-thirds had not earned diplomas eight and a half years later.” (121 qt. in Nemko). How is this data justifying our understanding of what influences the people’s success rate? Why should we believe there is a connection between a person’s high school class and their success rate in college? It is admirable that Nemko wants colleges more accountable towards the success of each student entering their campus, but his argument does not seem as if colleges are his target. His argument seems as if it is towards the parents of each individual hoping to get accepted into four-year colleges after high-school. Furthermore, His choice of words creates an image of the author having a one-on-one with every college hopeful’s parent while the hopeful is at the kid’s table listening in. His tone is also undermining, and creates a hierarchy. Those words blame and maintain the status of all disadvantaged students, and categorize them as inferior to all who come from wealthy households. Nemko’s solution: universities need to pick better students, and leave the rest behind.
According to Nemko, “You could lock the college-bound in a closet for four years, and they’d still go on to earn more than the pool of non-college-bound – they’re brighter, more motivated, and have better family connections” (121). It is clear he already…

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