ERIC Number: ED311213
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
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Remembering "The Forgotten Half." A Teacher Urges Realistic Curriculum Reform.
Schwarz, Catherine E.
Although more than one-half of U.S. high school graduates do not go on to college, the high school curriculum fails to meet the needs of this "forgotten half." Curriculum reformers have focused on strengthening the curriculum; however, most of their suggestions are appropriate only for those in the college preparatory curriculum. The students who are not going to college (and are not receiving special help as "at-risk" students) tend to be bored and forgotten as they pursue irrelevant and watered-down academic curriculum. What is needed is a new approach that will meet the needs of these students, as well as the needs of the work force for educated workers. Other countries accomplish this task better than the United States. West Germany, for example, has a system of academic education for a small percentage of high school students, with cooperative technical education or vocational training in conjunction with employers for the majority of 16- to 19-year-olds. Reforming the curriculum with such a realistic idea in mind would make high school much more profitable for the majority of students and provide educated workers for the future. (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Location: West Germany