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Microsoft High - Where Will Your Preteen Go To High School?


The government has failed in educating our children, can big businesses succeed where governments have failed?

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On my first day of high school, I was wearing what I thought was such a cool blouse that I bought with my own money from the mall at an oh so trendy»» (in the 80's time) boutique. I was in total Duran Duran lust and my blouse with matching black jeans and Desperately Seeking Susan (Madonna) boots proved it and I was actually on time.

By the end of the first day I was ready to quit high school and roam around the world just as Madonna's character did in Desperately Seeking Susan. I hated every single day of high school and devised devious ways to not go.

  • I was sick
  • I {cough} accidentally woke up late - like 4 hours late
  • I ditched
  • I sat in class and counted the minutes as each one slipped by.

I went to an upper class neighborhood High School and my teachers paid more attention to the rich kids because they knew that it would be they're parents who harassed them.

High School Evolution.

In September of 2006, a new high school bell rung for the first time for what may be the next step towards Futurist High Schools. A cooperative project between the School District of Philadelphia and Microsoft have joined hands in constructing what they say is the most advanced high school in the nation, with technology deeply integrated into the curriculum.

The $1.5 billion plan is part of the large steps to reform the city's failing schools in mismanagement and low test scores, which prompted the state to take over the school district in early 2003 and start construction of the technology advanced school in November 2004.

School district CEO Paul Vallas said This is how schools of today can and should be designed and developed to adequately prepare students for life and work. I hope the school leaders who come and see what we've accomplished here in Philadelphia walk away saying, We can do that, too, and we can start now.

Microsoft echoed Valla's sentiments, adding that it believed tech companies had a social duty to education, and that use of technology would help to create a more personalized education experience. Hmmm come on Gates... isn't this just a shrewd way of attracting tomorrow's engineers»» today?

But is it the wrong direction?»» With a minimum of 31% of American students dropping out and or failing to graduate in public school districts, and with supporting facts that 60% of Americans have no postsecondary credentials at all... maybe it is time to allow big businesses in traditional high school classrooms. Society constantly hears that teachers and school administrative staff do not have the funds necessary to teach children properly. Businesses such as Microsoft do have the money to bring the much needed technology and supplies to the students.

The students at the new school in Philadelphia will use smart cards and Tablet PCs for many of their daily activities. Promoters say that teachers will have less paperwork, as everything from grades to student testing will be handled digitally.

Isn't that what they said about computers in the office? Less paperwork, and yet we use approximately 3 times more now. I suspect that, despite the wonderful technological innovations to which these high school students will have access to, teachers, if they do their jobs well, and students, if they achieve and work hard, will produce piles of paperwork just as Office Administrative Assistants»» do. I believe the new direction is a step on a better path though, I'm just merely skeptical about the reality of "less paperwork."

Than again, why was Microsoft's corporate culture the culture to replica?

Is the educational goal for each student to development ruthless professional public relations with a charity driven personal life that isn't too businessy?

Will they learn to treat they're future customers like 5 year olds, than charge them $1.99 per minute for the correct solution which will take a minimum of 20 minutes.

Lastly, will they learn the delicate procedures involved in business law and more importantly how to win lawsuits of monopolization?

But let's be fair, Microsoft is an innovator of new and experimental ideas that make money. On the Microsoft website (regarding the School of The Future) they say

Today, the three R's don't cut it. Twenty-first century businesses seek employees with a host of sophisticated skills, including the ability to solve problems, communicate effectively, think critically, and grasp complex systems.

There you have it... It's about businesses and what they want from they're future employees. However, I don't see that as a negative.

I took a virtual tour of the high school and I must admit it's impressive. The school hosts a 9,000 square feet gymnasium complete with basketball & volleyball courts as well as future plans for a 5k cross-country and rollerblading track. In addition, there is a fitness center and training room. Does this mean that future geeks will look more like a Venice Beach hunk than the long haired aloof stereo types of today? While I love the idea of the fitness center and staying in shape, there's just something to be said for the glasses, long hair and they're love of video games.»»

In addition to their inspiring commercial influenced gym, the school consist of Art studios, IT / Web Design classes, Student Success Center, Driver's Ed & Special Ed class rooms as well as an interactive learning center and a metropolitan (or Microsoft campus if you have been to Redmond, WA) food court.

BUT WAIT! There's more... In addition to all of this, the School of the Future also has an outdoor school amphitheater that states a natural teaching environment for ecology study. But don't worry because the outdoor amphitheater will take full advantage of the natural slope of the site and can be used for performances, presentations, lectures and more. That's good to know.

Philadelphia is not the only school who has teamed up with big business. Nations Ford Elementary School in Charolette, NC received a $5,000 shopping spree from Office Max. The donation was linked to the grand opening»» of a brand new Office Max in Rivergate Town Center where Charlotte teachers from Nations Ford Elementary Schools were invited to the grand opening ceremony where they could purchase additional school supplies for their classrooms. These supplies may very well have been supplies that the teachers would have never received from the government funded budget.

In Cleveland, a choreographer and director, offered Cleveland School students a chance to build skills in The classes were in cooperation with the Ohio Theatre, which is using the classes as a way to recruit for future productions. In addition, anther Cleveland school offeres classes in Money Management For The Future. The program is part of VISA, NFL and PLAYERS INC known as the Financial Football Program and is taught by Cleveland Browns wide receiver Joe Jurevicius and Jason Alderman, director of Visa USA.

In September of 2005 Apple Computer Inc. donated up to $1.2 million for a four-year deal in which the district will lease computer equipment for a small technology focused school inside Crockett High School.

I was slightly surprised at just how much big businesses have become involved in the last year or so. While at the same time, wondering why hasn't more businesses followed the example of these mentioned corporations? Many school administrators and parents believe that schools and businesses can work together to produce better students and future business leaders.

Far too many young adults are entering today's job market with inferior job qualifications that are needed to succeed. Public education teachers have dismal salaries, continuing budget cuts, burnt out unproductive teachers and packed classrooms which are filled with more hazardous students than eager to learn students. The teachers are frustrated, the students are disillusioned and the school administrators are constantly being pressured to fix the problems.

As public schools turn to the private sector for financial support, business leaders are willing to help. But they want public schools to do a better job teaching the more specialized math, science and analytical skills companies require. For this reason, businesses have taken a more active role in designing the High School curriculum.

When a business is in financial crisis, the company executives gather to discuss business transformation and what new strategies the company will adopt in order to turn failure into success. The plans are debated, discussed and finalized and put into action. These strategies can also work in the public High School sector as well. High schools should prepare teenagers and the next generation not only for college but for a lifetime of personal and professional success.

Big businesses are big because they have succeeded. They now offer high school students they're battle-scarred experience of what it will take to follow in their own future success. If these same companies want to promote their products and services in the high school by using the high school as a mascot for good charity, isn't is worth being the mascot if the child has a better possibility for success?

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