Most Likely To Succeed


"Most Likely to Succeed" was a featured segment in Lamplighter's WPLD Sept. 21 Broadcast.

In a world that is embellished in tradition, our education system is no different. For about a century now, our school systems have kept the same layout for our schools. Education has changed a bare minimum in the past hundred years. Many of the same techniques used by our predecessors are still used today. This is a problem. A few people have seen this and decided they would start a change.

Meet High Tech High– a high school that doesn’t teach the common core curriculum. The school branches off from the traditional ways by preparing students for the real world through teaching them “soft” skills. These skills include: leadership, teamwork, self- government, and applying personal knowledge. They are brushed over in the everyday high school leading to confusion when these students leave college.

Because High Tech High doesn’t use common core curriculum, it instead hires teachers who have a passion for their subject and lets them choose how they want to teach their students. Teachers often times pair up with others to draw together a major concept to be broadcasted on Exhibition night.

Exhibition night is essentially an end of semester presentation. The students work hard all year long for this one shining moment. During this night, the parents will get to see what their child has been working on in the classroom.

Because of the lack of common core curriculum, many parents are skeptical as to what their child’s future might hold. Society has created a notion that we pass a test, as opposed to learning precise and certain skills. Is it worth the risk?

Parents aren’t the only ones who have concerns. An interview was conducted with a teacher who implemented the same teaching tactic, but this time his high achieving students were more concerned with passing standardized tests, such as the ACT and SAT, than retaining the skills taught in class. What would you opt for if you had a choice?

Would you be interested in a school that taught "soft skills" instead of core curriculum?

  • A mixture of the two would be good (60%, 6 Votes)
  • Yes, that sounds awesome! (20%, 2 Votes)
  • No, I like school how it is. (20%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 10

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