Ronald Wolk says, "Policymakers will need all the clout they can muster to wrench high school out of the 19th century and redesign it for the 21st." And seems to hit the nail on the head when he also states: "The traditional high school has not improved. It works only for the most highly motivated, who plan to apply to selective colleges. It's a disaster for up to 40 percent of students, and the rest enjoy the extracurricular activities but do only wha's necessary to graduate." The article points out that high school faculties see departments as "sacroscant". Look that one up! The article mentions that large schools are not conducive to collaboration. Interestingly, in our part of the state, county LEAs been forced to bus students from low performing schools to other small schools at a tremendous cost to all. There are no easy answers. What lesson is in this article for alternative schools. Do not seek to "be like Mike". If alternative schools model themselves after successfully reformed schools, then at least the students that are assigned to the school will bennefit from the experience.
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