School officials want to redesign the traditional four-year high school to allow students to work at their own pace toward graduation.
Under the proposed new plan, students would repeat classes they fail instead of the entire grade and advance to the next level in classes they pass.
Advanced students could graduate in three years while struggling students could take up to five years to finish.
Well I guess standard conservative arguments would suggest things like it will cost more money, require more teachers, and encourage slacking.
I do not see that happening. If anything it would require less teachers by making the school system more efficient. It would also encourage hard work by showing what kids are good at much quicker, though the problem classes for the children could cause problems.
The only real problem I can see is what to do with the fifth year high school students who are only taking one or two classes. The are not full time students, so how is that going to play into the funding formulas. It would free up the fifth year student to go get a job, start college classes, or pursue drugs and alcohol.
I don't know if this idea will work, but it should be tried.
Actually this will force cost to go up, initially. There will be a need for a stronger IT system to track what classes have and have not been taken. Secondly, teachers will no longer be afraid to fail their students, because they know that they will not have to repeat the entire grade. The cumulative results of teachers not being afraid to fail students will result in a higher failure rate in general, though it will also result in more knowledgeable high school graduates.