Monday, January 01, 2007

Education Reform

Poor Graduation Rates Leads to a Major Offensive

Florida will be the first state in the nation to require high school students to pick a college-style major, which is being questioned by parents, but educators believe it will help boost graduation rates. The state announced a list of 400 majors on Monday to prepare for freshman registration.

Local school districts will decide which majors to offer and post them online for eighth-graders to select as early as next month. Majors range from motorcycle repair to pre-med, from fashion design to anthropology, and the list even includes the study of eurythmics, a method of interpreting music through free-style dance and exercise.

The majors program, part of the wider-ranging A-Plus-Plus law designed to increase the rigor as well as relevance of middle and high school, will be phased in over four years.

How cool is that? Actually allowing kids to determine what it is that they want to learn? If they believe that the classes they are taking will actually help them in the future they see themselves in I can almost guarantee more will graduate. There might even be less discipline issues in the school as the students wont be quite so bored.