Should High School Last Six Years?
Recently, President Barack Obama visited Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) in Brooklyn, New York to speak about his ideas on the agenda for the educational system in America.
The school, which pioneered the six-year high school education program paired with training from a specific large technology company, welcomed the president on Oct. 25, along with a few other important politicians from New York and Washington DC.
Now, it sounds as if the immediate response to the idea of a six-year high school would be an automatic no way, but the idea is actually incredibly innovative and helpful for those students who may not be able to afford college or fear that enrolling in a university may end up saddling them with debt in later years.
Essentially, the school is somewhat of a trade school centered around science and technology.
This school in particular has a partnership with tech company I.B.M.; however, other schools around the nation that are based on the Pathways in Technology school boast of connections with the likes of companies like Verizon Wireless and Microsoft.
Upon graduation from grade 14, students from this school and schools like it receive an associate’s degree and, as President Obama put it, “A ticket to the middle class,” because their degree allows them access to many jobs they would not originally had access to, including being considered first for jobs at the company from their school’s partnership.
The greatest pull factor to the program is that it is completely free of charge. This way, students can either enter directly into the work force or choose to attend two years at a university and earn their bachelor’s degree while they pay tuition for only two years.
The school is still a new idea, currently only hosting three classes of students, but it appears to be a success as more high schools are using them as a model, and it may easily become the newest way to help low-income families get their children a degree.
President Obama praised the school’s leaders for the idea and claimed that more schools should operate in the same fashion.
Also on his agenda was the plan to have every four-year-old in the country gain access to a preschool and for high-speed Internet connections for 99 percent of high school students.
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