High School......

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Registered: 10-05-2007
High School......
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Mon, 01-14-2008 - 4:29pm

All this talk about college and grad school....What about high school?

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Ducky

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Registered: 10-05-2007
Tue, 01-15-2008 - 10:00am

Help me out here.

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Ducky

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Registered: 11-22-2000
Tue, 01-15-2008 - 10:07am

think our program is *elective*.


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Registered: 08-18-2007
Tue, 01-15-2008 - 10:33am

Why remedial classes?

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Registered: 08-18-2007
Tue, 01-15-2008 - 10:40am

Wow, if you were in all 'A' levels, you were expected to also have the independence of many college students.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 01-15-2008 - 11:00am
So what if a kid doesn't take all the upper level classes of a core curriculum by graduation? Why are the UPPER LEVEL classes needed in order to avoid remedial classes in college?
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Registered: 08-18-2007
Tue, 01-15-2008 - 11:08am

I meant "upper level" as in junior year, senior year.

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Registered: 09-04-1997
Tue, 01-15-2008 - 11:12am

I read all your links, and it all was very vague about what exactly is going to be taught to whom, and why. I'd be very suspicious.

One of the reasons I really don't like this....

I have a kid in the ninth grade now, doing reasonably well at a very demanding private school. We have always told him that when he gets to tenth grade, he can stay at the private school, or he can go on to the local public high school, which is a really good school (it earned a "silver" in the recent US News and World Report rankings, not that I put a whole lot of faith in them). This very morning we were talking about his Latin class, and he said something about taking AP Latin next year, and I talked about the very good AP Psych class his private school offers, plus the fact that he's the starting point guard on the basketball team at the private school he probably wouldn't even make varsity at the public school (which comes close every year to winning the state championship). He agreed with all that, and I asked, "So, are you leaning toward staying at the private school next year?" And he said, "I don't know. It depends on what most of my friends do."

I have a twelve year old foster daughter who will be going to junior high next year. The junior high in our district is NOT a good school (long story) and if she goes back to her mother she will go to a different school anyway, so I am putting in for an inter-district transfer so she can go to the better junior high. EVERYONE she talks to tells her that Jr High X is loads better than Junior High Y, and that she'll be safer and you know what? Doesn't matter. Her friends are going to the bad school, so she wants to go too. She's on the "A" Honor Roll this semester and embarrassed about it, because none of her friends are on it. Not a good sign, I know, but what can you do?

Same with my eleven year old son. He couldn't care less about academic opportunity. I can just about guarantee that if he were asked to choose a track in the 8th grade, or if any of my kids were asked the same question, they would want to go where their friends were going. And if one of the tracks were perceived as "nerdy" (like math or science) or "gay" (like a boy in an art track) none of my kids would be eager to participate.

I'll bet I am not alone in this.

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Registered: 09-04-1997
Tue, 01-15-2008 - 11:15am
A couple of reasons....in our state, in order to opt out of a foreign language in college, the kid needs four credits coming in. If he has just three years of, say French, he's got to take a placement test, and it he doesn't test at French 4 or above, he has to take more French. But he might not end up just needing one more semester of French. He might have been a "B" student in French in high school and end up needing to take two years of French depending on how well he did in high school.
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 01-15-2008 - 11:20am

"Why do you think this program would work and teach and teach all kids the basic highschool curriculum most schools follow?"

Because the OP thinks so. It says in the OP that she thinks the limitations are in electives, not in core courses. Which makes sense. It would be suicide for a highschool to prevent kids from taking the basic courses they need to avoid remedial classes in college. I don't like it because I think it's too limiting. I don't think electives should be cordoned off because of a decision made in 8th grade. But I also don't think cordoning off electives means remedial college classes will be necessary. BTW, the OP also says the decision for major is made midway through 8th grade, not at age 11.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 01-15-2008 - 11:23am
I agree. I think that some kids would choose a track based on such wacked (to parents) criteria.