Argument of Cause
Although many schools are currently undergoing repetitive failure and reforms, Beaufort County Early College needs not change a thing. If arming students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful post-high school is a measure of success, the Beaufort County Early College High School (BCECHS) is the epitome of success. BCECHS is one that prepares students for college and career, has teachers that care about their students while enriching them, and that encourage their students while enabling them to grow. There are four main practices that show how Beaufort County Early is a great success regarding student achievement and preparedness for the future.
First, BCECHS designs each student’s educational plan with the end (a career) in mind. At one point in time, schools were strictly vocational or career-oriented, but BCECHS has a new spin on an old tried but true educational philosophy and has a handle on how public school education should be delivered. Although there are uniform subjects required for the acquisition of a high school diploma (English, science, math, social studies) the remainder of your courses provide you with an opportunity to explore and pursue your career. From criminal justice to cosmetology to accounting to college transfer this program provides students with the skills and degrees necessary to get started in life. This school abandons the one-size-fits all or most approach for a “new” model. The school offers varied modes of technology and instructional delivery and provides vast, new opportunities to meet the majority of students’ needs. During the instructional day you will find BCECHS students in small high school classes, the school takes pride in not exhibiting a “one-size fits all” approach to education like many other public high schools. In “Preparing Students for a Twenty First Century Adulthood: Missing the Boat and the Harbor Too,” Chris Mercogliano states that America’s current public school system is unchanging and has remained the same for over a century, preparing students for an adulthood that no longer exists. Contrary to Mercogliano’s beliefs about public schools, BCECHS strives to prepare its students for the world we live in today. It offers varied methods and modes of technology and instructional delivery methods. For example, my post-high school plans include the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. My high school courses provided by BCECHS have proven adequate preparation for college classes as indicated by my college performance and grade point average. My experience is not an isolated one. Most Early College High School students in my grade can boast the similar outcomes and results across the state and country report the same.
In addition to ¬¬¬designing each student’s program with the end in mind, BCECHS is designed for success and optimal learning and mastery. Because each class completes high school requirements as a cohort, class sizes remain small...