People are typically afraid of change, especially
sudden change. I think it would be very difficult for a school to radically
change its approach.
Here, I offer a softer option for a five-year high
school. Basically, create a new programme for the juniors (Years 1 and 2).
In their third year, on becoming seniors, they could then choose whatever
academic programme the school has on offer,
Junior Year 1: If there are eight classes of
juniors then divide them into four streams. Let them choose their streams,
where possible. As per this website, those streams would be Sports, Culture,
Trades, and Academic.
Sports stream: Study two lines of sports, each
targeting different aspects of sport (practical/health). In social
studies/history class they would study sport related topics. In English they
would read/write on sports related texts. Other subjects such as maths and
science would likewise focus on sport related material where possible. Their
entire year would have a strong focus on sport yet at the same time they
would still cover the basics of other subjects. Likewise for the Culture and
Trades streams. Science for Sport would have more biology. Science for
Trades would be more practical. Those choosing the Academic stream would
have a more typical school education, but having made that choice, they
would probably fare quite well.
Junior Year 2: A certain school might have a
two-year programme for each stream. Or, they may necessitate that each
student chooses a new stream. Or, if resourceful, they may offer both
choices. The academic streamers should be allowed to study for two years if
they so wish.
Senior Years 3-5: Students would be free to
choose normal school subjects as per the national curriculum. Having studied
something of their own choice in depth for the previous one or two years
will give most students, especially those at the lower end, a feeling of
achievement that normal programmes cannot deliver. Some may continue with
what they have been doing (sports or tech or cultural related studies); some may aim for the
Once successful, this programme could be converted
more fully to that offered herein at a later date.