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.
I’m not subversive enough to send our kids on their way after tenth grade, but I’m willing to declare the four year plan outdated.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 Chaucer’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. Albrecht’s door.