"The youngster takes naturally to the water, and if, when he finishes high school
, he takes a course in navigation and goes deep sea, I see no reason why he shouldn't rise to be master of the finest and biggest ship afloat."
What makes the Julia Richman experiment so important is that the basic blueprint of the nation's high schools hasn't changed significantly since the rise of the "comprehensive" high school nearly a century ago.
Julia Richman opened as a comprehensive girls' high school in the 1920s, a five-story, red-brick structure that stretches from 67th to 68th streets on Manhattan's Upper East Side.
Students who graduate from high school with low achievement can have college plans but, at a minimum, they need to know about the high risk of college dropout as well as being informed of other potentially more desirable options.
It is often assumed that college plans make students more motivated, giving them reason to work hard in high school. Unfortunately, this is not the case for many students.
This 29-member government commission spent 17 months wrestling with this problem, conducting focus groups with recent high school graduates, debating the problem with educators, policymakers, students and parents.
In 1997, only 43 percent of high school seniors said they were in "demanding academic programs," according to the government report.
The difference lies mainly in the increasing share of students deemed high-school graduates by the Current Population Survey who are in fact taking the GED instead of finishing high school with a regular degree.
After all, most states consider earning a GED the same as earning a high-school diploma; they often even name the GED credential a "High School Diploma" or "High School Equivalency Certificate' Of course, the makers of the GED promote this notion, As of August 2001, visitors to the GED website could read: "More than 95 percent of employers in the U.S.
Nearly one in six of these high school athletes will be injured seriously enough for it be considered a time-loss injury (Stopka, 1988).
This lack of professional medical assistance during practice is especially alarming given that 61.2% of the injuries sustained in high school football in 1995 were practice-related (NATA, 1996).
public school today, the failure to receive a high school
diploma "on time" places millions of young Americans at risk each year.