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In my community we do have choices. It's not just at-risk students; it's also the "accelerated" students whose academic maturity needs support too. And so we have a high school whose focus is health professions and another for future criminal justice system employees and another dedicated to computer technology. Students spend half a day at the central high school and the other half at their specialized schools studying and serving internships. And etc.
At the other end, there is an ACE program that helps at-risk students to complete minimal requirements quickly. Usually, these students are at risk of dropping out because they hate school, but there are also students who need to finish as quickly as possible because of a family emergency or, rarely, an opportunity that can't be missed.
Our newest high school, and its students attend it only, is very interesting. Students must apply and be accepted after demonstrating their sincere commitment to academic performance, and they must also generally be financially disadvantaged. One young lady I know who's bound for med school completed high school, including several college courses, at 16, is now attending a major university on an entirely free ride.
There is no "One size fits all," so the more diverse and creative solutions, the better!
(So long as students can read, write, and do basic business math.)
Force them why? To learn what?
I have run my own business since '95 and I learned almost NOTHING scholastically during my entire time in public school that has helped me as an entrepreneur.
Almost a complete waste of time.
In fact, by grade 7 (I skipped Grade 6), I had learned almost all I was to learn (scholastically) of practical value in public school.
Public high school is, imo, a STAGGERINGLY overrated institution.
'What kind of sick and twisted toy factory is this?'
'We are all the sum of our tears. Too little and the ground is not fertile, and nothing can grow there. Too much, the best of us is washed away.'
"Better to be dead and cool, than alive and uncool."
If a minor child wants to leave school, he should be able to show the court he is able to support himself and be emancipated. His parents should no longer be required by law to be "responsile" for his actions.
There's no point in re-inventing the wheel.
The key is in recognizing that the solutions that might solve this problem were simply the accepted norm in the single culture America of thirty years ago. That country is gone now and trying to return to that education system is like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.
The present model of America and its educational system is more akin to any other failing country throughout history that sunk into a socialist, self serving, corrupt government that dominates competing tribal cultures, without a common language, that can barely contain their disdain for each other. The schools simply fail along with families, jobs, the economy, industries and the quality of life. Crime prevails.
America could also be compared to a former colony in which the more advanced dominant colonial power was driven out and 3rd world status returned to the people and eventually some form of corrupt socialism/communism emerged.
That is the model to follow when addressing the failed schools in America. For 75% of our new citizenry, any education beyond the sixth grade is unnecessary. A huge acknowledgement of this overall societal failure was when American schools, quietly and without fanfare, stopped teaching students how to write. Who needs to write in the 3rd world?
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Americans have always valued public education as the key to the future for its children. Not in the terrible decline of today's multicultural pop culture of course.
Many Americans are desperately seeking alternative education to get their children out of the circus of the failed public schools. Naturally, the emerging socialist government is attempting to stop this outflow.
Last edited by Ray410; 05-28-14 at 08:41 AM.
I would rather see a system where kids all attended school until 8th grade, and then assigned to further schooling that was based upon either academics or trade.
"you're better off on Stormfront discussing how evil brown men are taking innocent white flowers." Infinite Chaos
It's a lot easier to get a job with a diploma, than without. That's how that "magical piece of paper" works, you know.The scenario you describe can easily come about even with a diploma. How that piece of paper magically prevents having multiple wives and kids and needing public assistance is beyond me.
Originally Posted by ChomskyOriginally Posted by OrphanSlug