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Big changes might be coming to San Diego High, San Diego’s oldest school. In front of voters this November could be a proposal to extend the high school’s lease or boot it from the location it’s had since 1882.
The school’s location might have been a constant for the past 134 years. But educationally, the school has been radically restructured, and restructured again, just in the past 15 years.
About 10 years ago, incentivized by funding from the Gates Foundation, district officials divided the campus into six small schools. It was part of a larger movement driven by the belief that breaking large high schools into smaller, autonomous ones – the so-called school-within-a-school model – would create more effective, personalized learning environments.
San Diego High accepted the challenge, along with Kearny and Crawford highs. Those experiments had very mixed results in San Diego. Of the three, Kearny has made the most convincing case the model can work. One of Kearny’s small schools, the School of International Business, has been particularly effective for English-learners who often struggle at other schools. Crawford dropped the idea altogether in 2012 and returned to a traditional school.
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They should have never fired Ms. Manriquez. She raised the text scores and had the respect of teachers, staff, students and parents. But she advocated on behalf of her students too much and butted heads with her male superiors. If the school board had any guts they'd fire Marten and hire her as superintendent.
I was told years ago by an ROP(Regional Occupation Program) representative that 80 to 90 % of the jobs in this country you don't need a 4 year college degree. I didn't say you didn't need training or an A.S. or A.A. degree or some type of special license, just not a 4 year degree. I bet that what the ROP person told me is still true today. If it is true why aren't there any vocational schools? Schools that teach, carpentry, auto repair, plumbing, welding,etc. Programs that set up apprenticeships in these fields of work. I wonder if lower income students and minority cultures would be attracted to these type of educational programs?
Not everyone is cut out to be a 4 year college student, nor to you need to be to have a successful career. Time to rethink our ideas about education and get away from the Bill Gates thinking that everyone is cut out to be a 4 year college student. Gates has also brought us the despised Common Crap curriculum. Gates also owns all the rights to the CCC testing and is due to make billions for him and his friends in the testing business.