Or you have a cooooool school ;)
So fun, but not reality…bear with me…or bare with me…did high school make that difference? /snork
I have a better idea and much experience in education, even though I’m not an educated educator, I raised three kids in the public/private/public school system, one of each. (Middle child was “special” so this is not about him, maybe later).
It was my youngest and only daughter, she was so hot to trot in high school at 16, in the 90’s, but my lightbulb just went on after Oblahma’s promises of more FREE CRAP. Back to daughter, she wanted to drop out of public high school in her sophomore year, work full time and finish her h.s. diploma on the G.E.D program at night. I remember going very verklempt on her….NO, you must finish high school EVEN THOUGH YOU’RE NOT HAPPY OR GETTING ANY SMARTER THAN YOU ARE NOW ! (Translation: What will the neighbors think?).
Yeah, she was only 16, already making $12/hr as a lifeguard at the local Y. Her h.s. grades suffered down to a 2.8 GPA, sophomore year, while she worked at Taco Bell to pay for her certification. Still 2 more years of h.s…..she graduated at 17, barely. Off to college in NYC, we paid tuition, she worked as a lifeguard at the hoity-toity hotels to pay for room/board/partying. By 19, she “served” two years in college, dropped out…..yada, yada, yada…. now, at 34, she’s wildly successful….
Yes, I bring this up, because not every “special snowflake” needs 12 years of high school or, gasp, 14. I think High School should stop at 10th grade, not the 14th.
AP kids to community college.
At Risk kids to VoTechs
Those in the middle…whatever’s making them happy, and it isn’t in 11th and 12th grade…so give them a choice :D
Sidebar: DD was also an accomplished competitive figure skater since she was in grade school, from the local rinky dink to a year in Lake Placid, she retired at 15, but had enough “EXPERIENCE” to be a “volunteer” coach of the Harlem FSC and Brooklyn Ice programs for underserved children in those NYC boroughs. She continues to teach to this day.