I'm not sure it's necessarily good for everyone. What about the kids that know they want college but have no clue what they want to be. What about the kids that are artistic an want to do band, choir, speech etc but have said they want to be a doctor. They miss out on all of those artistic classes in order to take classes that won't necessarily help them.
I know times have changed since I graduated, but I love that we had a list of classes and we developed our schedules based on our interests while still being true to the college admission requirements.
I changed my major 5 times in college. I could have loaded up on a pathway that would have meant anything when I graduated. Instead I took what I needed to get accepted and then broadened my interests with subjects I thought I enjoyed. Which in the end made me a better, more well rounded college student.
After high school orientation, I really felt like the school was trying to punk me. According to the principle up until this year they allowed kids to retake tests that they didn't like the grades on. I knew the elementary and middle schools did that, but it just seemed like retaking tests isn't a good way to actually prepare high school kids for life. According to the guidance counselor a former student came back to talk to the principal because he was "traumatized" their word not mine. Apparently his college professor laughed at him when he failed his first test of the semester and asked when the retake was. Am I the only person that saw that one who that one coming? I have serious reservations about public high school. I think what may have been the saddest was there were parents concerned that is was a bad move. I whispered to Em that even with her dyslexia, I had no doubts she could study for and pass a test. If other kids are struggling that badly maybe there needs to be a study skills/time management class. Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Parents really push for a specific class or set time for their kids to research colleges, and apply to them.....during school. I remember when I was a senior. I did all of that at home outside of school, while participating in two after school activities (band and swimming).
I'm really trying to decide which group I think are more nutty, parents or the school administrators.