School reform in 112 words?

Taking off the rose-colored glasses: How to reform American education in one paragraph –– (112 words):

Reduce the academic high school graduate expectation to 65% so that high school becomes a true academic high school and not a glorified middle or elementary school. Allow 40% to 60% of interested students to elect career education on a voluntary basis beginning in middle school. This will raise the overall high school graduation expectation to 97%. The top 35% in scholastic ability and motivation will take advanced academic courses and graduate; most other students will take simple to highly sophisticated career education courses that count toward graduation –– along with a very small number of academic courses that support their vocational education –– mostly reading and math, along with U.S. History and technology.

Cloisters(The academic high school graduates will complete an authentic college program in four years without remedial assistance and the career high school graduates will make a good living, avoid dependency and crime –– and over time, and in some cases over generations, move themselves and their children to a higher socio-economic level –– much as immigrants do.)

SREB REPORT

Vietnam Oceania 122The Southeastern Educational Board’s report is helpful, but the recommendation that we raise high school graduation rates to 90% or higher in all high schools within a decade is foolish to say the least. If this goal includes career education and giving high school credit for that education, then the recommendation makes sense. Otherwise, it continues the “college for all” myth that is that is so destructive.

They also recommend that students get into community and technical colleges and on pathways to his post secondary attainment and career advancement much earlier. This is true, but it must be much, much earlier. It should begin in middle school not in post- secondary education.

These reports continue to link academic education to career education but there is not enough time for a student to take a full load of academic courses and participate fully in career education. Most of our students need career education rather than college preparation.