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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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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.
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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.
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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?
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IS BOTSTEIN ON TARGET?

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?