Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Really, Rahm? The Chicago mayor’s newest far-fetched plan for high schools. - The Washington Post

Really, Rahm? The Chicago mayor’s newest far-fetched plan for high schools. - The Washington Post:

Really, Rahm? The Chicago mayor’s newest far-fetched plan for high schools


When Chicago officials recently announced their new “Learn, Plan, Succeed initiative” — which requires any student who wants a high school diploma to prove they have a plan for life after high school — they called it, to be exact, “an evidence-based proposal that is the first of its kind in the country.”
So what’s the evidence?
And is it really the first of its kind in the country?
As my Post colleague Emma Brown wrote in this article about the new graduation requirement for Chicago students, seniors must provide written proof  of a plan after high school with one of these options:
  • College acceptance letter
  • Military acceptance/enlistment letter
  • Acceptance at a job program (e.g. coding bootcamp)
  • Acceptance into a trades pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship
  • Acceptance into a “gap-year” program
  • Current job/job offer letter
The Chicago Board of Education recently approved the plan by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the requirement is set to start with the Class of 2020.
Officials say that young people should start to think about life after high school far earlier than the day after graduation, and that schools should help them through the planning process.
There is, of course nothing wrong and a lot right with schools helping students look ahead, set educational and post-education goals and then plan a route to get there. Though young Really, Rahm? The Chicago mayor’s newest far-fetched plan for high schools. - The Washington Post

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