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Some high schools to have students pick a major.

On one hand it may encourage kids to learn about what they want to. On the other hand it might not be fair to make them decide what they want to do that early. It also might not be good to "specialize" too early, since you aren't learning about broader topics.

It'll be an interesting experiment, but I'm leaning toward it being a bad thing.

Kids don't know what they want to be yet, or will just pick something easy and stupid. How many "Sports Managers" (whatever that means) does the world need?

I see the logic of trying to "reconnect" kids with their education. However, one of the biggest reasons for the disconnect or the "When am I ever going to need this," complainers is exactly BECAUSE kids that age lack foresight and a concept of "what's good for them."


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vignette.bmpCarlos44ec - 2078 Posts
08/16/2007 @ 12:25:42 PM
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Europe does this. Know what else Europe does? Socialism! All kidding aside, it's the way they've been moving for years. Remember Anna from Heidelberg in High school? She went to a specialty school.
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fry6beeu9.jpgJeremy - 8953 Posts
08/16/2007 @ 12:34:54 PM
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I don't think it's like the worst thing ever, I haven't really made my mind up 100%. It just sort of feels to me like it's another thing in the long line of "Our kids don't do what we ask, so let's just change the question" type situations that seem to be rampant in our culture.
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newalex.jpgAlex - But let history remember, that as free men, we chose to make it so!
08/16/2007 @ 12:59:20 PM
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Yeah, forcing them doesn't seem like a great idea. Giving them the option to do this and encouraging it would probably be good, but forcing seems counter-intuitive. Although it doesn't really explain the differences in the majors, maybe it's only like one class a semester which wouldn't be as big of a deal.
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fry6beeu9.jpgJeremy - 8953 Posts
08/16/2007 @ 01:05:25 PM
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Well, depending on how many periods they have, you're talking 14-17% of their education for a 6-7 period day. That's fairly significant and it's being spent potentially doing acting, sports, and cosmetics.
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Jeremy messed with this at 08/16/2007 1:05:39 pm
jeremy.jpgJeremy - I believe virtually everything I read.
08/16/2007 @ 01:22:14 PM
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The point is this, given the choice between an extra math/science/english class or a Sports-Management/Comedy/Internet-Surfing/Discussing-our-Feelings course a 14 year old isn't going to choose with his future in mind anyway, he's going to choose with not wanting math homework on Friday in mind.

That being said, we DID have electives in high school, and this may just be taking the place of those. You could "change your mind," however, and take a little of everything. I took every computer related course Memorial offered and when I ran out they paid to send Micah and me to UWEC for a programming course. I guess you could say that, in many ways, I DID pick a major in High School.
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face.bmpCarlos44ec - What the F@#$ am I being arrested fo?
08/16/2007 @ 03:14:58 PM
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Jeremy Wrote - 08/16/2007 @ 01:05:25 PM
...spent potentially doing acting, sports, and cosmetics.


I do my makeup BEFORE class, thank you.
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wendy.gifWendy
08/16/2007 @ 04:46:32 PM
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Show of hands: how many of you are now doing, what you thought you'd be doing when you were 13?
In 9th grade, I think I was planning on law school.
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fry6beeu9.jpgJeremy - 8953 Posts
08/16/2007 @ 11:04:44 PM
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Though I did have this plan of taking up until Spanish 5. That didn't last long.
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vignette.bmpCarlos44ec - ...and Bob's your Uncle!
08/17/2007 @ 07:50:19 AM
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when I was 13 I was going to rescue baseball from the millionaires

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Carlos44ec messed with this at 08/17/2007 7:50:52 am
scott.jpgScott - On your mark...get set...Terrible!
08/18/2007 @ 07:41:28 AM
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I wanted to work along side Bob Uecker. In fact, I still do.
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