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Subject: High School Harm
DateTime: 2/2/00 1:09:02 PM
Racism, violence, sexual harassment, drugs — everything you encounter in
the outside world is in high school. Despite changes in our society and
our children, high school has existed for more than 400 years with
relatively few changes.
Dr. Leon Botstein, President of Bard College and author of Jefferson's
Children: Education and the Promise of American Culture, says we should
just get rid of high school after the 10th grade and start a new system
that graduates students when they are 16 years old.
Comments of his:
--High school is just an artificial world that's sports-dominated,
clique-driven and nothing more than wasted time for our children.
--Since high school is segregated by age we are creating a world in which
status is the most important thing.
--Mediocre people write tests. Tests don't have anything to do with the
education of a child — so there's no connection with learning. Since
modern technology exists, Dr. Botstein suggests we could have tests that
emphasize learning, not correctness: a young person gets an answer wrong
and understands why, and if they guessed it right, they'd also understand
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