WHY THE TRADITIONAL SYSTEM FAILS.

  The Traditional System... 1. Serves only to isolate and divide students by labeling them solely on "honors" or "non-honors" status. "Honors" students sometimes feel superior, while "Non-honors" students do not make a concerted effort to excel. In the end, both groups stagnate. 2. Over-saturates well-roundedness with a basic curriculum consisting of math, science, English, and history. This results in a defeatist attitude among students due to an absence of purpose. 3. Does not allow students to make the connection between the courses they take and their desired future, which results in a negative connotation towards structured education as a whole. 4. Indirectly encourages students to defer college/career exploration until after the majority of their high school experience has already passed. 5. Hinders success of the "undecided student" by failing to provide opportunities to discover passion in specific fields of interest. 6. Relies too heavily on extrinsic motivation, (trying to convince students to 'see the big picture'). which never works. Intrinsic motivation ("I made this choice to be in this particular Academy," "I like the skill I'm learning; it makes me happy and confident," "I want to be at the same level as my peers") works SO much better! 7. Fails to include students with special needs by largely isolating them from the general student body, which has become an issue in many schools. 8. Is "late to the game" on education innovation. The top 9/10 schools in New Jersey (U.S. News and World Report) have already adopted Academy-style systems. 9. Encourages peer pressure instead of peer unity. By grouping students into Academies based on similar interests, hierarchical social groups will be discouraged and students will be made part of a team, with peer emulation replacing peer pressure. 10. Does not work, according to the Federal Government as well as research data. Directly from ed.gov: "The 2012 Gallup Poll asked students how involved and enthusiastic they felt about school. Nearly 8 in 10 elementary students reported engagement. By high school, only half that many did." As much as a high school in the "traditional system" attempts to perfect itself, it will never reach the status of an Academy-style system because these issues are impossible to address without the new system.

 

The Traditional System...

1. Serves only to isolate and divide students by labeling them solely on "honors" or "non-honors" status. "Honors" students sometimes feel superior, while "Non-honors" students do not make a concerted effort to excel. In the end, both groups stagnate.

2. Over-saturates well-roundedness with a basic curriculum consisting of math, science, English, and history. This results in a defeatist attitude among students due to an absence of purpose.

3. Does not allow students to make the connection between the courses they take and their desired future, which results in a negative connotation towards structured education as a whole.

4. Indirectly encourages students to defer college/career exploration until after the majority of their high school experience has already passed.

5. Hinders success of the "undecided student" by failing to provide opportunities to discover passion in specific fields of interest.

6. Relies too heavily on extrinsic motivation, (trying to convince students to 'see the big picture'). which never works. Intrinsic motivation ("I made this choice to be in this particular Academy," "I like the skill I'm learning; it makes me happy and confident," "I want to be at the same level as my peers") works SO much better!

7. Fails to include students with special needs by largely isolating them from the general student body, which has become an issue in many schools.

8. Is "late to the game" on education innovation. The top 9/10 schools in New Jersey (U.S. News and World Report) have already adopted Academy-style systems.

9. Encourages peer pressure instead of peer unity. By grouping students into Academies based on similar interests, hierarchical social groups will be discouraged and students will be made part of a team, with peer emulation replacing peer pressure.

10. Does not work, according to the Federal Government as well as research data. Directly from ed.gov: "The 2012 Gallup Poll asked students how involved and enthusiastic they felt about school. Nearly 8 in 10 elementary students reported engagement. By high school, only half that many did."

As much as a high school in the "traditional system" attempts to perfect itself, it will never reach the status of an Academy-style system because these issues are impossible to address without the new system.


WHY RWA WORKS.

  Real World Academy... 1. Provides a foundation for each student to choose an Academy that best fits their interests, and will propel them toward matriculation into college or viable career opportunities in the workforce.  2. Advocates a reorganization of the traditional high school curriculum that will give students a sense of purpose and identity. RWA utilizes the school’s already existing curriculum, manipulating the elective courses into tracks or Academies.  3. Creates Academies which are linked by a common interest, passion, or goal, rather than isolating honors or AP students from the remainder of the school body. 4. Is a focused a program built on individual strengths and empowerment, yet it still rewards high achieving students and inspires lesser-achieving students to reach higher. 5. Unites students with a common passion by establishing educational tracks that involve students at all levels of learning 6. Galvanizes not only the focused student body, but also the less-enthusiastic portion who may not have found their focus or passion. 7. Benefits the undecided students, as all students can switch Academies and get a sampling of many interest areas before they even finish high school. 8. Focuses on peer motivation and discourages peer pressure. Team-building replaces social cliques. Academies will be like small families, which interact with other Academies through interdisciplinary projects. 9. Builds confidence in students by allowing them to develop a particular skill, which is strengthened by all of their courses. There are no "boring classes" anymore. 10. Is the way of the future, according to none other than the Federal Government. Directly from ed.gov: "For too many American students, high school is a time of disengagement that fails to put them on a path to college and career success." The ed.gov website explains that the government is creating initiatives and financial incentive for schools to adopt career-based education systems. Read more about our service here, or click here to join the Revolution by volunteering to help! You will eventually be recognized as volunteer staff member and as a Real World Revolutionary.

 

Real World Academy...

1. Provides a foundation for each student to choose an Academy that best fits their interests, and will propel them toward matriculation into college or viable career opportunities in the workforce. 

2. Advocates a reorganization of the traditional high school curriculum that will give students a sense of purpose and identity. RWA utilizes the school’s already existing curriculum, manipulating the elective courses into tracks or Academies. 

3. Creates Academies which are linked by a common interest, passion, or goal, rather than isolating honors or AP students from the remainder of the school body.

4. Is a focused a program built on individual strengths and empowerment, yet it still rewards high achieving students and inspires lesser-achieving students to reach higher.

5. Unites students with a common passion by establishing educational tracks that involve students at all levels of learning

6. Galvanizes not only the focused student body, but also the less-enthusiastic portion who may not have found their focus or passion.

7. Benefits the undecided students, as all students can switch Academies and get a sampling of many interest areas before they even finish high school.

8. Focuses on peer motivation and discourages peer pressure. Team-building replaces social cliques. Academies will be like small families, which interact with other Academies through interdisciplinary projects.

9. Builds confidence in students by allowing them to develop a particular skill, which is strengthened by all of their courses. There are no "boring classes" anymore.

10. Is the way of the future, according to none other than the Federal Government. Directly from ed.gov: "For too many American students, high school is a time of disengagement that fails to put them on a path to college and career success." The ed.gov website explains that the government is creating initiatives and financial incentive for schools to adopt career-based education systems.

Read more about our service here, or click here to join the Revolution by volunteering to help! You will eventually be recognized as volunteer staff member and as a Real World Revolutionary.