Thursday, August 16, 2007

Can I major in comedy?

Forced to Pick A Major in High School - High school freshmen are forced to pick a major at Dwight Morrow High School, a public school in Englewood, NJ - a town with a mixture of mansions and poor areas near the George Washington bridge. Seems a little early to make a career decision. I'm still thinking about my own career choice, and I'm retired. Education experts are lining up loudly on both sides. Kids can be fickle. I attended a kindergarten graduation where the students were forced to announce what they wanted to be when they grew up. The first girl said artist and a class of twenty somehow produced fifteen would be artists. The Dwight Morrow plan could be great - the students get to choose and they end up structuring an academic program around something that interests them. If the major is just a focal point for broad training in analytical skills, Math and spoken and written English, why not? The student is in a position to change majors in high school or do something different in college or career with no harm done. If the major makes high school a little more interesting along the way - well, sounds like a plan. If the major is an early career decision that eliminates choices - disaster. Let's see what happens in real life before we take sides.

The same school features classrooms called Harvard, Yale and Rutgers in an effort to foster an academic track atmosphere. I can just see parents scheming as their kid finishes eighth grade, it's never too early to get into Harvard. Why no class named for MIT, Columbia or NYU? Dwight Morrow High won't get any donation from me.

Dwight Morrow was a senator and diplomat, the father of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, a noted Nazi sympathizer who was the wife of the famed aviator. I wonder if they cover any of this in History class? It might generate some interesting graffiti.

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