Although the best high schools are filled with well-qualified and caring teachers in a setting where all students are valued, the book-length report says, for too many teenagers, high school has become an impersonal place where low expectations are common.
The committee recommended creating small schools within schools, pairing students with an “adult advocate” (counselor, I guess), linking curriculum to students’ lives, eliminating tracking and connecting students to social and health services.
Number 2 Pencil comments on a Seattle Times’ story on the disconnect between high school and college. Basically, if high school was easy, college will be hard. Even good students may discover they’re not prepared for higher education.