How Can High School Better Prepare Students for Higher Education?

Wiggins1response to a blog post by Grant Wiggins.

This is a question of perennial concern to parents and educators everywhere. The answers to this question are as varied as the people providing the answers. Grant Wiggins’ recent blog post provided a good starting point to consider before making any specific recommendations to improve high schools. Off the cuff, Wiggins provides a list of 8 ways in which life in high school is profoundly different from life in college.

The first six items on his list pertain to intellectual rigor and self-discipline that many high school classes don’t provide, e.g., close reading, writing in response to readings, etc. But, it was the last two items on the list that caught my attention and alerted my MI radar:

7.Self-regulation and self-advocacy.

Professors will not seek your out if you are doing poorly. The expectation is that you will go for help, find study partners, seek assistance from tutors and special programs, etc. on your own.


Students need to be prepared to self-assess, experiment, get insider information, consider their interests and talents, etc. before they face the course catalog.

 What intelligence does this bring to mind that is absolutely essential to success in the Big Bad World of the University?

 Grant Wiggins blog:

8 Reasons that today’s high school is poor preparation for today’s college