Analysis: High school education format stuck in 19th century
Many individuals who are working toward their Masters in Education degrees online have aspirations to become high school teachers. A new study indicates that there is plenty of room for improvement in these institutions.
The report by the McGraw-Hill Research Foundation, called A High School for the 21st Century, outlines some of the most pressing issues facing these secondary institutions. The authors, who are acclaimed educational experts, found that most high schools in America are stuck in a 19th-century model that is destined for failure. They claimed that many schools are equipped with outdated technology and teacher preparation programs.
"High school is a valuable and critical time in the life of young adults," Goldman said. "Currently, high school is inadequately serving nearly 30 percent of students who drop out every year and millions more who enter the workforce or college unprepared," said co-author Jordan Goldman, the founder and CEO of college resource website Unigo.com.
The report called for a new structure that gives high school students more options and control of their coursework in order to accommodate their career aspirations. The experts said that the current model operates like a factory line that pushes every student toward one common goal.
According to the most recent Diplomas Count report, only 68.8 percent of high school freshmen in the 2004-2005 academic year received their high school diploma in 2007.
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