Changes

Ch-ch-changes. Pretty soon now you’re gonna get a little older. Time may change me, but I can’t trace time. I said that time may change me, but I can’t trace time.–David Bowie

So says the lyrics of a popular pop song from the 70’s (ya’ alot of time has changed me). In this month we have seen the power structure of this nation change. We have elected a new president, Congress will be dominated more fully by one party over the other, It looks as though we may lose such stalwart companies like GM, Ford and Chrysler unless the government acts to save them. Change is inevitable. Change is what we make of it. If we choose to lament what we have perceivably lost….we have lost the opportunity to capitalize on the change that is taking place. The voters of Crestwood Community Unit No. 4 and Paris Union School District No. 95 chose to make a big change by approving the formation of a cooperative high school. The districts will now equally share governance of the school and will equally share the costs on a per student basis. With the formation of the a “new” cooperative board, we have a tremendous opportunity to change high school education for the good of our entire community. What opportunities does this present? It will allow us, as a community of both Crestwood and District 95, to analyze where we are as a school, what we want to be, and how we get from here to there.

We want to hear your opinions and thoughts about what Paris High School needs to become to better serve the students and community over the years to come. You can leave your thoughts anonymously by leaving a comment. All comments will be read, all constructive comments will be published.

6 thoughts on “Changes

  1. Since I have become actively involved in planning my caseload students’ schedules (thanks to those TRANSITION pages), I have come to realize that we just don’t offer enough electives to those students who are not college-bound. I am usually desperately trying to figure out what some kids should be taking senior year.

    I wish we had the money to offer more selections in the vocational areas.

  2. I am a big advocate for more classes that push all students to work harder than they thought they could. We cannot teach to just the middle, but we cannot forget about our students who need extra help. I do think we need more AP and honors classes, and we need more classes that may not be honors or AP but are not basic classes either.

    I do like the idea of enacting the High Schools That Work recommended curriculum because it requires students to take more challenging classes during all four of their years of high school and does not allow them to blow off their senior year. Too many times students walk away from Paris High School and blame us for not prepareing them for college or work or whatever they do after they graduate. The HSTW curriculum would take that argument away and put the responsibility for learning on the student and less on the school.

  3. Why not have different types of diplomas like they offer here in Indiana? My own children earned a Core 40 Academic diploma. Students also have the opportunity to earn a basic diploma or a Core 40 Technology diploma. All diplomas have a different set of required courses. We have to get away from the “one size fits all” mentality. Not all students should have to take 4 years of math or 3 years of science in order to graduate. Some shouldn’t even have to take 4 years of English! 🙂

  4. Well, I did some more investigating on the diploma system in Indiana, and it has changed since my kids began high school. Now all students are expected to complete the Core 40 diploma unless they and their parents request to receive a basic diploma. A third option is the Core 40 Academic Honors diploma which has the most rigorous requirements.

    Interesting reading…just google Core 40.

  5. As one of the people who tries desperately to place students in electives they might find remotely enjoyable, I would love to see more electives. More than that, however, I would love to see a bigger variety of core classes. We see a lot of transcripts from schools that offer things such as Business Math, Technical English, etc…
    Ms.Franklin, I have to tell you I am not a fan of the Certificate of Completion that Indiana offers, but the Core 40 vs. General Diploma does sound like a great idea.

  6. Yes, Staci, more PRACTICAL academic choices would be a wonderful thing! I liked academic electives when I was in high school. I know that would mean more planning for teachers, but a teacher also would have the opportunity to teach something he or she really enjoys.

    I don’t think Indiana offers that Certificate of Completion thing anymore. That WAS a bad idea, and I wonder if a “basic” diploma would come to mean the same thing. I sure don’t have the answers, but I know there is a problem. And I like reading about the various solutions, none of which really seem like a true fix to me. Maybe using the best of all the ideas out there would be the best thing.

    (And I am commenting too much here, but I like this topic!)

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