Recently, I read an interesting article about a new and innovative effort by a high school to raise the percentage of college students. The school is locate in Boston. The main focus of the school is to offer a rigorous curriculum for the students so they can be prepared for college. In order to receive their diploma, the students had to be accepted to a college first. For many students as well as parents this might seem drastic or disagreeable. However, I really like this idea and yes coming from a teacher it makes sense. I personally love the concept because I think we need to put more pressure on students to go to college and further their education. It is alarming to me to see so many young, bright students do nothing post high school. Such a waste of talent and intellect should not be encouraged or accepted. Yes, many young people will argue that this is America and they have a right to do whatever they want and that includes making their own decisions in regards to their future. I on the one hand concede to this argument, but on the other hand I feel that we need to stop babying these young people by giving them so much freedom and choice. Needless to say I love the idea of no high school diploma unless they are accepted to college.