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.)