Playing with a little bit different format this week – one good short story and a conversation starter. We may not do every issue this way but I hope you enjoy today!
Extending School Far Beyond the Classroom Walls
James Lawrence planned to open his own welding business after his 2017 graduation from the Robert W. Traip Academy in Kittery, Maine. Last year he spent part of his school days at the local technical center, learning welding, preparing to make his vision for his future a reality. He didn’t have time for an art class in his schedule, but the credit was required for graduation.
So James, a duck hunter interested in learning to carve wooden duck decoys, took advantage of his school’s expanded learning opportunities program and got the art credit outside of the classroom. With the help of a family friend who was an experienced duck decoy carver, James worked on the project after school and on weekends, ultimately convincing his school’s art teacher to count it toward his graduation requirements.
- Should it matter where or how a student learns, as long as they can demonstrate their learning?
- If school is supposed to open up opportunities for students, why are “schedule conflict” stories like James’ so common?
- Should these opportunities be limited to only students with scheduling conflicts? What if a student wanted to pursue an unique interest during the school day?
I’ll post this to our Facebook page as well, feel free to share your replies to these conversation starters there!