Education Has Fallen Off The Track
I really hate to be the bearer of bad news but the reality of life is not every-one is going to
college when they leave high school. If this statement is really true then why does education deal
with everyone like they're college material? I graduated from high school almost forty years ago.
When I was a student there were three courses of study that I could take. The first course was
college prep; this provided some challenging classes that got you ready for the rigors of college.
The second course was business. This prepared students for the business world and exposed
students to things like Junior Achievement, and a club called Future Business Leaders of
America. (FBLA) The third course of study was general studies. This was a hodgepodge of
courses that was like a high school liberal arts program.
I graduated from the eighth grade and it was recommended by my eighth grade teachers that I be
placed in a general studies program. I didn't choose general studies I was placed in it. I took just
about any classes I wanted, from college prep classes to general classes, and I did fine. I really
wasn't college material, but I got accepted into a state school and received a college diploma. I
still haven't figured out what was so horrible about a group of teachers recommending that I be
placed into a course of studies that was based on my abilities.
The world of education has gotten away from something that was very common many years ago,
and that's called tracking. There were always two or three classes in every grade that addressed
the individual needs of students who needed to be challenged, and the needs of students who
needed extra help. The groups were never co-mingled because the instruction would be too hard
for some of the students and not hard enough for other students. Somewhere along the way
someone came up with idea that tracking kids had a negative affect on their self esteem, so it was
decided that all students should be placed in the same classro