Reform is needed in our educational system |

Reform is needed in our educational system

In his column headlined “No excuses for delaying school reform,” Thomas D. Elias correctly defines the problem with too many high school students dropping out of school, and goes on to say that educators should create classes that prepare students for all kinds of jobs. I agree.

An educational system that demands all students to pass a given test to denote an achievement level is absurd and most hurtful. This does not allow for individual differences in aptitude, and frustrates some students who eventually drop out of school.

Every student is not college material and, therefore, must be given alternative means of learning a useful vocation.

This would also allow teachers to focus more readily on objectives for each group of students.

I propose that we adopt the European educational system that determines in the eighth grade what each student is capable of achieving in high school. If a student is found to be more inclined to work in an industrial vocation, then that student would attend classes needed to become an apprentice for a job in a given vocation upon graduation in four years.

Chuck Idler

Grass Valley

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