Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Florida edu goes "Old Europe"

Adam Solomon pointed this out to me...

Florida high school students need to declare major

"TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 25 (AP) — The Florida House passed a bill on Thursday that would make the state the first to require high school students to declare a major, just as college students do."

This is very much the "European" style for high school - you start specialising around 16 +/- and are better prepared for university, at least in theory, but narrower and some options are already restricted or precluded.

I'm ambivalent. I went through such a system, worked for me, I pretty much knew what I wanted to do, but a lot of 15-16 year olds don't, or they discover they don't have the aptitude or drive to do what they thought, and the current US system makes browsing and switching much easier all through to ~ 3rd year of university. At the expense of a relatively broad but generally more shallow education through BA/BSc

So, this is good for people who know what they want and stick with it, not so good for the rest.
Unless you think forcing people to make a decision is an inherent good, which it can be.


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