Monday, October 15, 2007

Push to Revamp High Schools Off Track, Scholars Say

The theme-based programs suggested in this article sound similar to the Small Learning Communities used in South Texas (Edcouch-Elsa High School). For anyone who's interested take a look at Llano Grande, the organization who designed the project. -Patricia

Overemphasis seen on ratcheting up standards at expense of broader view of academic ‘rigor.’
By Erik W. Robelen | Ed Week
October 5, 2007

In a new paper arguing that the ongoing national push to dramatically improve American high schools has gotten off course, two Univesity of California education professors take aim at what they see as an overemphasis on states’ adoption of higher standards for graduation and more-rigorous tests.

“The push to enhance rigor and standards behind the high school diploma is seriously flawed,” write W. Norton Grubb, an education professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and Jeannie Oakes, an education professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, in the paper. “Any gains come at the expense of other goals for high school reform, including equity, curricular relevance, and student interest.”

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