The preceding is all you need, just read the PDF. This whole thing is way too long by conventional online post standards, but its purpose is more serious and intended for a more diligent reader. Maybe the following will better explain what's going on here.
College students who don't graduate are a huge problem, wasting funds and human capital. It's a major concern to students, teachers, administrators, politicians, taxpayers. No one needs a formal commission to give it serious consideration and to suggest possible solutions.
In contrast to national or state-wide programs, this approach is small-scale and free. It requires no authorization, funding, or administration. An individual can accomplish a lot if they have good intentions, a good plan, and the time to work on it, allowing for interruptions and set-backs. This was written by an individual, for an individual.
The ideal end-user is a high school junior who intends to enroll in college, assuming (wrongly) that a high school diploma means they are ready for the next step. Acceptance by a college is seen as further proof that all is well and success is assured.
What they don't realize is that they are not ready, that college demands far greater thinking ability and basic knowledge than high school did. They don't know this because their only frame of reference is their high school's low standards, and they are surrounded by peers who are also performing at a low level. It's normal.
Meanwhile, colleges keep enrolling everybody. So: Increased costs. Student debts. Budget deficits.
People are employed to implement the expensive programs and there is overwhelming political pressure to maintain funding. Everyone involved, from a student to the President, is desperate to keep the funds flowing.
There is lots of rhetoric, from "free market creative destruction" to "free college for all," and all the variations in the political spectrum. But the problem persists. Not much is likely to change in the near future, absent a disaster like a war, depression, epidemic -- something that makes educational policies relatively trivial.
But maybe an individual could firstly realize their academic and life-skills shortcomings, then choose to quickly and efficiently learn the simple, basic facts that would best prepare them for life beyond high school -- for college in particular, but also for the real world, to flourish in a capitalist democracy. Ideally, during the high school senior year, independently, supplementing the standard curriculum.
There are certain "key concepts," fundamental truths that govern reality, whether a natural law like gravity or an economic force like the profit motive. They are not obvious, but once learned, they are in evidence every day, everywhere. Informed by this knowledge, things start to make sense.
Knowledge is power.
The PDF includes a "checklist" of these key concepts. It would be far better if each item on the checklist were matched with a link to a simple explanation, using words, numbers, and graphics. That's Phase Two, in progress. Meanwhile, Google or Wikipedia should suffice. (Math materials are already complete at
There are no items about history or psychology. Too subjective, even contentious. My criteria were restricted to those "key concepts" that would be nearly universal and most likely to be useful and helpful to know in college and beyond. Mainly writing, math, and science, the primary impediments to college success.
The end. The start.
Hopefully, something with intrinsic value, priced at $0.00, will be found useful. The Internet exists to distribute content, in proportion to its quality and the number of people who can benefit. A PDF file can be reproduced on screens or printed on paper a thousand times with no decrease in resolution. This is an interesting experiment to see if it has any effect. Sometimes you start out with a good plan and serendipity makes it better in a surprising way. The important thing is to start.