Wednesday, July 20, 2005

High school survey

In case you missed it, late last week the NYT had a story that stated the obvious, but in a very striking way. According to a National Governors Association survey, the vast majority of high school students aren't satisfied with many key aspects of their education.

  1. More than 2/3 want courses related to a possible career.
  2. 2 out of 3 dropouts say they would be more likely to stay in school if they had more personal attention.
  3. Only 36% say that their school did a good job holding their attention. (I'm surprised it was that high.

More electives, more college courses, more practical skills and job training, more internships -- these are the things that are needed. We don't, as some adamantly believe, need to extend mandatory NCLB-type testing into high school. That does nothing to address the crucial problems in American high schools.

We need more innovative curricula, more targeted programs that interest and excite students.

2 Comments:

Blogger Superdestroyer said...

How can you be innovative if kids cannot read, cannot add, and have no idea what the Civil War was about. Rich, private prep schools can be innovative because the kids are sharp and educated to their respective grade level. Without any testing, we will be headed back to graduating a buch of "innovative" thinkers who think the world is flat.

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