My response to the question, “Should 11th and 12th grade be made non-compulsory?” is over at Authentic Education, following an anecdote from my high school years which probably exceeds the bounds of good taste.
Iâ€™m not subversive enough to send our kids on their way after tenth grade, but Iâ€™m willing to declare the four year plan outdated. Split it in half and dedicate the second part to broader experiences than an analysis of Chaucerâ€™s Canterbury Tales or preparation for College Board exams.
Get them into community college electives and job shadow programs. Get them a home room mentor, someone to show them how to execute a business plan, to teach them how to contact community leaders, and to ensure that they always always always put a lookout on Mr. Albrechtâ€™s door.