“Should High School Last Six Years?” Article Review

The issue discussed in the article “Should High School Last Six Years?” is an acute issue in the field of education. The US system of education needs applying innovative approaches to combat existing challenges, like high-school drop-out rates and others.  President Obama’s proposition to use a six-year high school model for the rest of the US schools requires a thorough analysis to draw comprehensive conclusions. It becomes clear that the replication of this model may have both positive and negative effects on society. From my perspective, a six-year high school model is a good proposition to improve  the level of education in the United States. This new approach is attractive because it can help to reduce high school drop-out rate. Currently, the United States faces a problem of high-school drop-out (Lynch, 2017; Schargel & Smink, 2014). I cannot but agree with a journalist Amanda Ripley who states that “it’s not about how long school lasts. It’s about how challenging and relevant school is on a daily basis” (“Should High School Last Six Years?”, 2013). I believe that many students will be able to improve their skills of they will spend more  years in high school. Research studies show that currently 50% of dropouts are unemployed because they have no a diploma to get a well-paid job.

In addition, it is not a secret that a six-year high school model is used in many European countries, but mainly for apprenticeship-style vocational education. There is a need for resolving the problem of unemployment of youth in order to provide sufficient amount of jobs (Vogel, 2015). I agree with Leon Botstein, music director and conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra, and  the president of Bard College, who assumes that “the pace of technological change is rapid, rendering the competitiveness of skills taught even in our finest undergraduate engineering schools valid only for a short period” (“Should High School Last Six Years?”, 2013). It is crucial to resolve the problem of unemployment for recent graduates in order to use a six-year high school model for the rest of schools in the United States.

Moreover, high schools in the United States should be properly controlled to improve performance of high school students. In this case, there will be considerable changes in the system of American education. If high school education is lengthened, it is possible to include new disciplines to address the needs of sociality.  I completely agree with Leon Botstein, who states that “adolescents today mature physically and socially sooner than in previous generations” (“Should High School Last Six Years?”, 2013). Due to the new educational opportunities provided to high school students, it is possible to improve adaptation of young people to the changing labour market through combining work experience with classroom learning. Young people will be able to develop their professional skills, but at the same time, they will stay in the highly-disciplined environment of high schools.

Although President Obama had positive views on the establishment of the six-year high school model in the United States, it is necessary to pay attention to certain requirements for this innovative approach in the system of education. This model involves “the six-year combined high school and community college called P-Tech – a collaboration between the New York City public schools and the City University of New York, with significant involvement of IBM” (“Should High School Last Six Years?”, 2013). This fact means that graduates should be supplied with jobs upon their graduation.

Additionally, a six-year high school model can help to resolve the problem of low-income families who have no financial resources to pay for their children’s undergraduate education.  According to Thomas Bailey, “the transition from high school to college is often difficult and inefficient — especially for low-income and first-generation college students — so uniting the institutions is one way to improve that connection” (“Should High School Last Six Years?”, 2013). In order to achieve success in the application of this model, it is required to have enough financing, highly qualified staffing and sufficient infrastructure. It is obvious that the model the Brooklyn school should be reconstructed to address the needs of students and society. Anyway, it is worth to be promoted in the United States because it helps to reduce the number of low-qualified youth.

Also, the extension of high school can be useful in dealing with the problem of youth violence. Although young people need freedom and independence in their decision making, they should be well-prepared to combat the challenges they will encounter upon graduation. They should be ready to respond to stresses and conflicts that emerge in adult life (Toby, 2012). A six-year high school model can provide massive opportunities for this type of training.  As a result, students will be competent in the issues like maintaining healthy job environment, managing stress in the workplace and other issues. In six-year  high schools, students will be offered practical and technological training to be prepared for decent jobs right upon graduation.

Thus, it is necessary to conclude that a six-year high school model is worth testing and analysing to be replicated across the United States. It is an effective innovative approach that can help to improve the level of education in the United States. The establishment of this model can help to resolve a number of other significant problems like high-school drop-out rate, youth unemployment, youth violence and others. This approach can be useful in enhancing transition from high school to college as it allows resolving the problems of students from low-income families. 

References

Lynch, M. (2017). Understanding Key Education Issues: How We Got Here and Where We Go From Here. Taylor & Francis.

“Should High School Last Six Years?”. (2013).  The New York Times, Retrieved Oct 29, 2013 from:< https://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2013/10/29/should-high-school-last-six-years>

Schargel, F. P. & Smink, J. (2014). Strategies to Help Solve Our School Dropout Problem. Routledge.

Toby, J. (2012). The Lowering of Higher Education in America: Why Student Loans Should Be Based on Credit Worthiness. Transaction Publishers.

Vogel, P. (2015). Generation Jobless?: Turning the youth unemployment crisis into opportunity. Springer.

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