Recommendations (written in my best mockery of education-ese)

EDIT: Yo, add some of your own! If you’d like.

1. Implement a “Take 5 (4?), Score avg of 3.5 (4?), Get rest free” program.

To decrease senior AP attrition. 
To increase senior AP-taking (maybe some kid will self-study micro/macro! omg!)
To encourage performance and participation in AP program.

2. Give students emails

To give students a professional email address, a leg up in job and college applications. 
To make students’ emails easily identifiable to teachers
To increase communications in clubs, directly increasing activity and participation

3. Increase communication in senior internship program:

a. Set mandatory reply date for directors 
To guarantee communication between director and student
To give ample time for student and site to communicate, thereby forging tighter relationships between Amity and business partners
To give students who have not been placed by the reply date time to initiate their own internship search

b. Make stronger recommendation that students take the initiative to find their own internship
To lessen load on directors, who work oh-so-hard already
To encourage students to develop skills in networking and self-promotion

4. Create a package of “How it’s done” checklists (i.e. fundraiser, facility-use forms)
To increase clubs’ activity by giving procedures for creating events (If club leadership knows the procedure for doing things, they’re more likely to follow through)

These packets may be distributed at a special activity session (2nd/4th week advisory period) for leaders who plan to have tables at club day.
5. Provide opt-in extra-curricular JAVA training
To make Amity students more competitive in job and college searches
To supplement traditional “1997” tech-competencies (because those don’t teach us much)
To increase participation in AP CompSci exam and CompSci olympiads

4 thoughts on “Recommendations (written in my best mockery of education-ese)

  1. “Implement a “Take 5 (4?), Score avg of 3.5 (4?), Get rest free” program.”
    Do you mean you’d have to take 5 first, and pay for those 5? Meaning, you’d have to take 6 to take advantage of this? Yikes!
    What I like better is “Take as many AP’s as you want, school pays.”

  2. That’s exactly what I mean. “Take as many APs as you want, school pays” is nice, but doesn’t have a direct incentive for kids to do better. I don’t think people stress out so much about payment that they do worse on exams, and if you don’t pay for something (assuming that you are a generic, unmotivated child who happens to take APs), you tend to value it less. Srsly.

  3. The “Take 5, get rest free” deal is unrealistic. So few people take 5 in the first place anyway, so this deal would only end up helping two or three people, tops. And getting a free sixth exam (or seventh? yikes!) wouldn’t motivate a person who was originally only taking three to go that extra step (or three extra steps…) because 1) it’s too massive an amount of required extra work for them to get the benefit, 2) they aren’t paying for it anyway, their parents are, so there’s little incentive for the actual student, and 3) once you’re already paying $420 dollars, getting one free isn’t that big of a deal anyway.
    I’d much like a “Take two, get rest free” deal.

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