My response to this CNN article
My husband, now an MD/Professor of Medicine at Stanford University and a Fulbright Specialist, attended a tiny community college where most of the classes were held in trailers, before he transferred to a U.C. junior year. He was turned down for medical school the first time. He took three years off an built a children's theatre with me and reapplied. He got in the second time. (Mainly due to how cool they thought it was that he ran his own children's theatre.) After high school I didn't even want to go to college. My parents signed me up. I went to a pretty average state school before transferring to a community college where I took 30 units in one semester to transfer to a U.C. later (that I loved). After running my own business at ages 22-25, I moved on to my MFA and am now a published author and run my own business. Again. Sure in retrospect it would've been awesome to attend a small liberal arts college on the East Coast where I would've published straight after graduation and walked to class in a peacoat in the snow. Sure, my husband's path would've been easier if he would've attended Harvard after high school and then Stanford Medical School, but that's not what we did—that wasn't the path anyone from our small rural high school took— and we still ended up in the same fairly awesome spot.
"Success" has to do with personal grit, drive and passion…not what college you attend. (Or if you attend college at all.) Nurture creativity and inspire passion in our children. Kids are not a robotics class.
PS. Neither one of us took an AP class in high school. In fact, the other day, my husband said, "Our high school HAD AP classes?"
Feel free to share our story around. I think its one parents and kids need to see.