Better high schools

The National High School Center’s evaluation of four programs to improve high schools serving low-income students offers sensible advice: Personalizing instruction by setting up small learning communities and giving students faculty mentors is helpful but not sufficient. Successful high schools both personalize and provide catch-up classes designed to help ninth graders improve their reading and math skills. Longer class periods, standard curricula and teacher collaboration focused on improving instruction — not planning the next field trip — also helps.

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  1. Catch Thirty Thr33 says:

    If people want better high schools, may I suggest de-emphasizing sports and extracurricular activities at the expense of academics, as seemingly has happened in U.S. high schools since their inception? Or is this too much to ask somehow?