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Celebratory excess

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Frank Schultz
April 30, 2013

“Celebrate good times, come on!” – Kool and the Gang.

I received a press release today. “Wisconsin celebrates Dual Credit Day” was the title.

Turns out, Dual Credit Day is today, Tuesday, April 30. So, we should see people hanging garlands on their houses, reciting poems they have composed to honor this wonderful program, or dancing in the streets. Maybe some food and drink as well. That’s what I think of when I think of celebrations.

“Events Tuesday are planned across the state to celebrate Dual Credit Day and highlight these dynamic partnerships,” according to the news release.

Of course, nobody is celebrating, and this is a ploy to promote something. The news release from the Wisconsin Technical College System says technical colleges and high schools will celebrate Dual Credit Day today. Try this experiment: If you have a student in high school, ask tonight whether she or he heard anything about dual credit today at school. My guess is, the answer will be, “Huh?”

If school officials had an actual celebration, such as the kind of thing they do to send a team off to a state tournament, your child would remember.

Now, dual credit is not a bad idea. It allows high school students to take high school classes and get simultaneous high school and college credit. From what I hear, you’ll be hearing a lot more about dual credit programs in the near future.

To summarize: Good idea to have such a program. Bad idea to ask people to “celebrate” it. We celebrate births and weddings. We celebrate holidays and holy days. But dual credit? Meh.



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