In a message dated 6/24/2013 9:20:15 PM Eastern Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
> How is there only this one path to be worthy of NYS HS diploma? > >
As a dinosaur I want to add something to my previous comments. I remember the days of the academic diploma, commercial diploma, and general diploma. My best friend was the most horrible math student on the face of the earth. She switched to a commercial diploma, took her bookkeeping courses, learned how to type (yikes), and got her commerical diploma. If she hadn't, this girl would have received a general diploma and not been prepared for much of anything. She walked out of high school and had a secretarial position inside of two weeks. That job was hers until the day she married and moved to Chicago.
Many of the students that are dropping out or finishing high school without diplomas, are being denied a golden opportunity to walk out of school and into a paying position simply because the 'training' is all wrong for them. After all, once they leave school, how many of these students will have to use probability and factoring in their daily lives? How many of these students, who barely scrape through a ninth grade math class could graduate with a marketable skill if the commercial diploma was brought back?
Students need to have options because every student was not created equal. A large segment of the high school population is being ignored from an academic standpoint. It makes you want to throw your hands up and just 'conform' to SED's requirements. But I can't stop thinking about the number of students who pass through my doors every day and may not make it through eleventh grade. Where will they be? It's too depressing to think about it.