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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

What makes a high school great?

If you have 10 minutes, here is an interesting article on the question, "What makes a high school great?"

In the next 5 years there is going to be a great deal of national attention paid to the structure and curriculum of the American high school. Here is a look at what some are saying and doing about it.

Note: It is the Washington Post and it could require you to register.


Anonymous said...

I find it interesting that Indiana had no outstanding high schools listed. Coincidence? I think changing the "one size fits all" mentality is a good one. It not only makes sense, but also, it seems like it would make learning more meanigful for students.

Anonymous said...

IPS (Indianapolis) is conducting a small schools learning environment, but they cut 173 teachers, so it will be interesting to see how they justify 'small schools' with class sizes of 40. Do you think that the Associates degree program is 'dumbing' down a college degree? One last comment is that I find it interesting that this article didn't mention parents in the equation of outstanding schools. I dislike the mentality that schools need to fix everything when parents have a responsibility to teach a child discipline and to advocate on their behalf to see that they are receiving instruction that is competetive. Maybe an outstanding school is guided by outstanding parents:)

Dr. Mark J. Stock said...

Anonymous#2 asked the question:

Is an associates degree "dumbing down" a college degree? I think the associates degree is a great opportunity to spring board into other degrees. In many cases 4 year state colleges will accept most if not all of the course work in the associates.

It also gives a person a "finished" degree as opposed to being a 4 yr school
"dropout" with two years of college. Then they can always make the later decision to continue.

just my .02

Anonymous said...

Don't you mean $.02???