My posts on high school, college and success – challenging the way schools teach success – are now officially moved to my new sight at www.highschoolcollegesuccess.com. Come on over and say hello!
You might notice some changes in the website’s navigation. I’m preparing to do a complete redesign. To try and get a better idea of what I want, I’ve done a hack of my current theme. You might have noticed that the menu has changed. Take a look at the new homepage and try finding your way around. (On my computer it looks better on Chrome than Firefox, but it still works. Something to look for in my new theme.) Did you find any new sections of the website that you’d missed before? What would you like to see more of? Let me know what you think!
As I’ve outlined in my previous posts, I’ve been pondering how to guide our kids to the best path of success, starting in high school by analyzing success factors. One answer might be that you try to move into a school district according to the high school ratings. Our school ranks well in U.S. News 2014 Best High Schools Rankings, but what does this mean?
I started thinking about this when we noticed that high school kids at our school seemed to have over-whelming schedules and then noted our own experiences with a full schedules of preAP and AP classes.
In my last post, I gave a quick rundown of my take on The Smartest Kids in the World: and how they got that way, by Amanda Ripley.
What I took from that was that was that based on the studies of Finland and Poland’s educational systems, stress, test, and retest might not be necessary for success. And South Korea’s school system shows that a high stress and test environment has some definite drawbacks.
So I was surprised that when I started reading Amanda Ripley’s blog, I kept running into statistics that used AP tests as a measure of whether of a high school was an academic success. She seems to agree with using AP tests as a way to determine school ratings….
Miri Attwater and the Ocean’s Secret is now available with its new cover.
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