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REPLACING THE AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL. JACQI AND PHILLIP. OVERVIEW. Article is excerpt from In Jefferson’s children: education and the promise of American culture, by Leon Botstein, NY, 1997 Our High Schools are obsolete. Radical solutions are offered. CONDEMED. OUR HIGH SCHOOLS TODAY

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Replacing the american high school

REPLACING THE AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL

JACQI AND PHILLIP


Overview

OVERVIEW

  • Article is excerpt from In Jefferson’s children: education and the promise of American culture, by Leon Botstein, NY, 1997

  • Our High Schools are obsolete.

  • Radical solutions are offered.


Replacing the american high school

CONDEMED

OUR HIGH SCHOOLS TODAY

***HUGELY WASTEFUL***

***NEED TO BE DISMANTLED***

***TOTALLY OBSOLETE***


Criticisms

CRITICISMS

  • Environment has changed – children now reach puberty 1.5 years earlier.

  • Popular culture has filled void caused by the failure of our schools to capture the imagination of our adolescents.

  • Intellectual awakening must occur in high school vice college.


Criticisms continued

CRITICISMS continued

  • All schools, rich and poor, are more alike then different.

  • High school should not be looked at as an endpoint. It should be a transitional phase, K-16.

  • More emphasis on what happens next vice what has been accomplished.


Critcisms continued

CRITCISMS continued

  • Serious education needs to start before the age 18.

  • Curriculum needs improvement in clarity, and simplification.

  • Money for public high schools not being spent wisely.

  • Community Colleges need to play a larger and more important role in education.


Proposed solutions

PROPOSED SOLUTIONS

  • FINISH HIGH SCHOOL TWO YEARS EARLIER.

    • Option 1 – Two years at community college followed by two years at college/university.

    • Option 2 – Straight to 4 year college/university.

    • Option 3 – Enter job market or national service first, followed by return to school within reasonable amount of time (before you become too old).

    • Option 4 – Vocation School and then the job market.


Changes

CHANGES

  • Finish high school two years earlier.

  • Reallocate fiscal resources from high school to community colleges, and 4 year colleges/universities.

  • Fix inner city schools first because they are the most broken.


Changes continued

CHANGES continued

  • Turn schools into 24 hour education and emergency centers.

  • Schools should be opened 24 hours a day, and all year round to include the holidays.

  • Capitalize on modern technology.

  • Create new centers that encompass the arts, sports, and practical skills.


Benefits

BENEFITS

  • Option 1. Community colleges are highlighted with mix of students with non-traditional students.

  • Option 2. Students complete degree faster with little to no waste of time.

  • Option 3. Students receive workforce experience, and then return to school with stronger desire to learn.

  • Option 4 – Vocational skills are best learned between the ages of 16-18. Why wait?


Some thoughts to ponder

Students may be physically more mature, but are they mentally ready for this radical change?

What are the effects of losing the 4 year high school experience?

Aren’t we rushing things? What is the big hurry?

SOME THOUGHTS TO PONDER


Thoughts continued

THOUGHTS continued

  • Don’t we already have this system somewhat in place?

    • Students can drop out, receive GED, and join workforce early.

    • Students can graduate early, and more on to college sooner.

    • Students can start to take AP, and/or actual college classes as early as 11th grade.


Thoughts continued1

THOUGHTS continued

  • Can colleges and universities handle a younger population?

  • Isn’t UNCW experimenting with this concept by having a high school aboard its campus?

  • How is this concept working in other countries?

  • Finally, is our system really that broke and in need of such a dramatic change?


Replacing the american high school

IS BOTSTEIN ON TARGET?

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?


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