High school survey
- More than 2/3 want courses related to a possible career.
- 2 out of 3 dropouts say they would be more likely to stay in school if they had more personal attention.
- 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.