High School......

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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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Mon, 01-14-2008 - 4:36pm

Is this technical type training or is this for college bound kids? I have

 

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Registered: 10-05-2007
Mon, 01-14-2008 - 4:40pm

This is for ALL high school students....


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Mon, 01-14-2008 - 4:56pm
Do you know where I can read more about this program?

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Mon, 01-14-2008 - 5:06pm

Here's a couple of links.

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Mon, 01-14-2008 - 5:55pm

I'm sure I'll get flamed, but I think this is an appalling practice. High school (and if you ask me, the first year or so of college) should be a time to experiment with different academic disciplines and try subjects you aren't sure you're going to like. To have to specialize so early before a child knows his/her own mind seems very limiting.


Yes, I know that this approach has worked in European schools for years. I once taught English conversation in a French lycee that focused on preparing kids for careers in accounting and bookkeeping. Sure, those kids had careers right away, but I could not help but wonder whether they may have missed out on some other, perhaps

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Mon, 01-14-2008 - 6:05pm

I've never heard of these kind of programs, but I agree with you that it seems like 8th grade is a bit young to choose a career path. And I do think a BA is basically what a hs diploma used to be-the very basic necessity when it comes to entry level career choices. Most people who want to specialize in something end up going for their masters-thats what I see with the young adults I know these days.


I dont worry too much about what my kids are going to do anymore. I hope they choose college, I heavily encourage them in that direction. But I also know that going to college doesnt guarantee *success*. I'd like them to work in a field where they can make a living wage-but there are plenty of jobs that provide that. I prefer that they find something personally fulfilling, and I'd be thrilled if they chose a career that *gave back* (teaching, medical, public servants, etc)


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Registered: 12-07-2003
Mon, 01-14-2008 - 6:27pm

After reading a little bit about SLC in the links you gave me and some stuff I googled, it looks like "small learning community" can mean different things in different places (http://www.ncsl.org/programs/employ/slc.htm). I think the idea of creating smaller groups of students within larger schools is a good idea, but I don't like the idea of forcing students to choose "majors" in high school.

When I was in junior high, we were separated into "teams." Each team had all of the core classes together and many of the electives together too. It seemed to work well.

As far as limiting college major choices, I would hope that an SLC would have no bearing on future college major choices. Besides, that would be a logistical nightmare for college admissions.


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Mon, 01-14-2008 - 9:52pm

I don't have a problem with small teams within a larger school for student management and mentoring issues.

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Mon, 01-14-2008 - 10:58pm



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Mon, 01-14-2008 - 11:01pm

High school (and if you ask me, the first year or so of college) should be a time to experiment with different academic disciplines and try subjects you aren't sure you're going to like. To have to specialize so early before a child knows his/her own mind seems very limiting.


I agree.


If schools are going to make kids specialize, they should at least include a college-track option that lets them experiment. Education is about a lot more than preparing a person for a career.


And again, I agree.

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