Usually there is lots of difference between college life and high school, but there is one thing which both, college and high school students despise. Yes, you got it right!
However boring it may sound, but in one way, it is an important indicator of a student’s performance or development at high school and college.
Various reasons for poor attendance.
If a student is lacking in attendance, there could be various reasons behind it. The reasons may vary. They can be anything, right from a genuine health problem to a psychological problem prevailing at school, college or even at home. High school or college authorities and parents should always be on a lookout for any such signs.
Result of missing school.
First of all parents should understand the intensity of the problem and the result if their child misses school or college regularly. At school level, it deprives the student many chances of achieving credits and awards in studies and extra curricular activities, it disrupts the student’s routine. To cite an example, if the student attends high school after a gap of one week, he or she is left behind in the terms of studies. It might be difficult for them to keep up with the schedule.
While at college level, lack of attendance means limited chances of good results and employment in the future. And when I say employment, it could be regarding work or even any further training!
A bad practice will become a bad habit.
So parents should not be lenient, when it comes to attendance. Unless and until, the reason is pretty much genuine and important, parents should not allow the kids to absent themselves from school so easily. It becomes a bad practice, if they allow it again and again. Once they gain admission in college, the practice will become a bad habit.
Think about college.
Most of the colleges have attendance cut off percentage, which the students have to follow compulsorily. And the same colleges have their own ways also to make the students keep up the cut offs.
Different colleges might have different ways to do so, but still they have their own ways and not all of them are good. In some colleges, a letter is sent to the parents along with the student’s attendance percentage. Eventually, from the next day, the student starts coming in regularly (Unless the letter finds itself in the garbage instead of dad’s hands!) While in some colleges, the authorities deals with the matter themselves, instead of forwarding them to the parents.
Originally posted 2009-06-18 18:38:03.