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ERIC Number: EJ759659
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr-14
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1046-6193
Getting down to Business
Boser, Ulrich
Teacher Magazine, v18 n2 p35-39 Mar-Apr 2007
This article describes The Villages High School (VHS), a charter school where students are taught with real-world skills. At Villages High, a unique creation of local development company The Villages Of Lake-Sumter Inc., the curriculum is serious business. Under its charter agreement with the Sumter County school district, the school must provide the academic basics, from algebra to English to physics. But the lessons are unapologetically business oriented. Besides injecting business ideas and skills into core classes, the 400-student VHS requires most students to take an entrepreneurship class, and all must choose one of five majors: culinary arts, graphic arts, health occupations, art/ communication, or Advanced Placement. Math courses include segments on profit and loss statements, and in history class, students learn about the Federal Reserve's control of inflation rates. Certainly, the school's majors match the regions' employment needs. Culinary arts graduates could work in local restaurants, and the grads who specialized in health occupations could help take care of the aging Villages population. And for the school's administration, that's largely the idea. However, critics worry that The Villages' kind of setup creates a two-tiered system, in which company schools provide better instruction than traditional ones, and keep out unwanted students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida