So, I was reading this article, and one paragraph is of particular interest.
“For instance, last September, we opened an innovative new school in partnership with IBM that focuses on computer science. It’s a six-year high school – grades 9 through 14, that’s right: 14 – so students graduate with a Regents degree and an associate’s degree and they also get a place in line for a job at IBM."
Is it just me, or is this a really great idea? First of all, by grade 12, these kids will probably already have useful skills. So even if they don’t decide to complete grades 13 and 14, they are already more useful than normal high school students. If they do decide to stay until grade 14, they get relatively good jobs two years before they otherwise would have graduated from college.
Even if this sort of program doesn’t become widespread, the concept seems to have a lot of potential. NY is lucky to have a forward thinking guy like Bloomberg in charge. Here in San Francisco, the city supervisors are a bunch of nuts. Seriously, they are fucking crazy. (mayor is ok though)