This year, the Fordham Foundation hosted a Wonkathon, asking assorted education policy experts whether America’s graduation requirements need to change. Replies were rated and the winners have been announced:
2018 First Place: High school reimagined (and we truly mean reimagined)
by Jessica Shopoff, M.Ed., and Chase Eskelsen, M.Ed.
To build a personalized learning model that effectively graduates students prepared to successfully contribute to society, let’s do three things:
- Embrace cross-curricular competency-based learning
- Personalize graduation paths
- Realign learning across the preschool to higher education/career continuum
2018 Second Place: Look beyond four-year graduation rates
by Peter Greene
There is no reason for the traditional frame of coursework to be wired to a ticking four-year time-bomb. Removing that four-year deadline would give schools and students some breathing room to get things right instead of worrying about getting it right now.
2018 Third Place: Reformer, heal thyself. You’ve ruined high school
by Max Eden
Make classes optional after tenth grade and grant diplomas to anyone whom a local employer certifies shows up steadily and performs adequately.