Friday, February 25, 2011

A guide to a better school of the future

The New York Times recently quoted William Fitzsimmons, the dean of admissions and financial aid at Harvard, saying, “It would be much better for the country to have students focusing on high school courses that, based on
evidence, will prepare them well for college and also prepare them well for the real world beyond college instead of spending enormous amounts of time trying to game the SAT.”

A Guide to Becoming a School of the Future


  1. sort of true, but should we be spending time in courses that help students explore their passions? Are we just preparing them for four more years of "put in your time and we will give you a degree" and what does that degree get them and how much did it cost?

  2. When only 60% of kids go on to university after high school, and of those 15% drop out before finishing the first year, I have to question the wisdom of high school preparing kids for university. That won't be the destiny of many of them. And it seems like an imposition of our values on others. Can't people find fulfillment in jobs that don't require a university degree? And, even if not, I have to question the assumption that university prepares people for life. It didn't for me (although it was beneficial in other ways).


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