- Teal Furnholm
- Dover, NH
- United States
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Put 'em 2 work for the world! A proposal for the US failing high schools
WIth hormones surging and cell phones ringing, and the ever present draw of the computer, the US has fallen behind in maintining the education of our youth. To some extent it seems that the kids in the US are becoming more withdrawn, lazy, and jaded toward the world. The high school students I've talked to agree that it is a waste of time, a flood of information to an already information saturated population (this is the Information Age after all).
I propose that after 2 intensive years of PRACTICAL education, the math/financial/english/health/science necessary to function in the world, we require a year of either 1. volunteer out-of-state/overseas (eg green peace) 2. apprenticeship/internship in a field of interest or 3. military/army corps/public works service.
This is all designed to get kids out of their houses, away from their games and computers, to make new bonds of friendship, to gain a sense of accomplishment, to help improve the US or impoverished countries, to gain practical skills for their own future, and to gain a sense of what hard labor and responsibility will be like.
Hopefully after the year students will be inspired/motivated towards a career, where they can either continue their apprenticeship as their job or take a year of college prepatory courses.