Making school relevant
The words "relevance" and "rigor" are getting tossed around a lot in the discussion about Florida high school reform these days. As in, how can we make course work for teens more relevant to their future, seeing as half don't go to college? And, how can we ensure that the programs are rigorous enough that when the students finish, they have marketable skills for a high-wage job? The Senate Education Committee takes up a bill this afternoon that would require school districts to not only ponder these questions, but also do something about it. A key mandate would be for each school district to have at least one professional academy up and running by the 2008-09 school year. Is this the right path for Florida's high schools? Or does the answer lie elsewhere?