DOKEUS6 - you are absolutely right and I apologize for the condescending tone of my reply..... This is a VERY important issue that will impact everyone in the community, not just the parents of JCPS students. Passions can run very high very quickly when it is not just someone's financial livelihood that is affected but the potential future of their kids. Any concern is valid and should not be talked down to. I do believe that each concern should be fully discussed, however. I am not qualified, obviously, to speak to issues of which I have no direct knowledge of - which is why I would rather people self-educate through channels already up for questions like these so that the answers are legitamate ones and not ramblings from an impassioned parent.
To answer your question about academies - it is my understanding that teachers have already been placed in their academies and are working through changing how the curriculm is taught. Academies will happen in the old High School, even if the new one is not built, and will be starting to affect kids within a few years.
DOKEUS6 - that is the question everyone should be asking. I am passionate about this because I have seen what is possible with this vision at other schools. I have made sure to go to each JCPS event discussing this and asked MANY of the same questions bothering those in this forum. I am not a "drink the Koolaid" kind of person when it comes to the success or failure of my kids' futures. I see value in this............. I desperately want others to see those opportunities as well. I would easily sacrifice the costs to fund this program if it meant the potential to give my children what I have seen at other schools. If you have children under 6th grade - this impacts you very intimately and it will be a personal decision of how you want their futures and educational experiences to look. If you are a concerned citizen and not a parent that will have kids impacted, PLEASE do not look to the costs, as this area normally does, but to the needs of our students and what that is worth to help their futures.
Stay on topic - your concerns were about Academies, so I addressed those. Academies and the 2 HSs are 2 separate issues. Academies are happening whether the Bond is passed or not. Try to separate your concerns.
DOKEUS6 - The main problem is that concerns are being addressed in forums like this instead of being researched or asked to the right people. I have asked these questions to the right people, which is why I am comfortable for my kids to be in an environment like JCPS is wanting. YES, every kid will cover the same exact High School requirements and standards. The only difference is in "how" the material is presented. Kids will have interests. Academies will help them be more engaged because they have a choice in how the information is presented to them in High School. It does not lock them into career paths or even specific academies. PLEASE --------- Read the website and ask the RIGHT people your questions so that you can get the correct answers, not just those making assumptions.
Rob - those were the same exact questions I had when academies were first discussed. No kid is certain of a career path at 14 years of age, BUT, they do know what interests them. The academies will not lock a student into a career path, it only encourages engagement by presenting the material in a manner that is relevant to their interests. Kids do have the ability to change academies - they are not locked into that path. These are the questions you should be looking for on their website that are already answered, or asking a JCPS educator about issues you have instead of posting those concerns to this forum where those who are adamently against and have no education on the actual facts will feed into concerns and amplify them.
JCLifer - this is where your lack of education on this matter shows through to those who have already educated themselves on what the academies concept really does. These academies are designed for exactly what you said they would not be doing. Each of these academies will have close, VERY CLOSE integration in to the career center. So a student wanting to pursue a path in welding will get that career tech training and certification, and oh by the way - their general studies like Algebra will be geared in a way that is relevant to their interests. Instead of a traditional model where a kid sits in a class - studies a chpater in their science book - takes a test at the end of the week - moves on to the next chapter - goes to the career center to learn welding................... No integration in that model, no relevance to the student to retain the knowledge being taught to them in Science and other areas...........
You said it yourself - "relevance". What kid is going to want to complete a rigorous project based in the health care industry if they have no interest in that area? Is it relevant to that student? Have we engaged that student in what interests them? The purpose behind Academies is engagement. Allowing students to have a choice in how their education is delivered to them so that they can pursue their interests. For that student with zero interest in the health care industry if we force them into a very rigorous project focused in that genra, will they succeed????? Sounds like "simple math" to me.
JCLifer - what research have you seen or found that academies work better in smaller high schools? This was the comment you made previously, which I am fairly confident you pulled out of the air. The size of the HS has nothing to do with any of the research, it is the "THE CLASS SIZE" that is relevant. The intention is to get these kids college and career ready. No district could ever fully support and fund 2 high schools with exactly the same academic opportunities. There are many ways to include a wider variety of extracurricular activies, like student govenment and intramural sports. Why not have these at each of the 7 academies - hows that for opportunity?
JCLifer - so your understanding is that the academies would be like elementary school? I teacher for each grade? Or only 1 teacher for math, 1 for science, etc.? One bad teacher in an academy would not equate to an entire group of kids being disadvantaged.... There are always going to be "bad" teachers. That's why there should be greater emphasis on evaluation.....
JCLifer - logic seems a bit off. A second high school means 1500 kids sharing a space and teachers. 7 Acadamies means 400-500 kids groups together with the same teachers throughout their high school experience. If the smaller the class-size equates to better academic performance, please explain your logic??????? If having closer relationships with the educators and a smaller group of classmates means better engagement, again, explain your logic??????
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