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honestly, a pretty interesting take. but one with virtually no merit. oh, and to those who come from the south and want to bad mouth northern schools, i am from minnesota and VERY proud of it. i have lived all over this country and have found that the north, in general, has better public schools. that said, you have both good and bad schools, teachers, and students everywhere. here is the thing though, this article, along with most like it, tends to focus on things like AP courses and the like. all fine and good, but at the end of the day, if you want to focus on the best schools, go with everything to include extra curriculars and sports. somehow, i am just going out on a limb here, i am guessing that the school for the talented and gifted is not winning any 5a football state championships. BUT i would be willing to bet that there are plenty of top student athletes in other schools that could go to this one or any other on the list. here in minnesota i usually see a couple of schools ranked in the top 100 or so in the U.S. in polls like this. the funny thing is that they usually are not even in the states own top 25. sorry, but coming from a long line of educators, and having done some time of my own, i am convinced that school, education and sports are what you make of it. yeah, can these schools get you ahead - maybe. but as some have alluded to, are you going to have a good time??? probably not. the ultimate reality is, the kids going to these schools go there for a reason and that is why they tend to be considered "public" in theory, anyone CAN go. but again, not everyone can or does so in truth, they become private schools with public funding. i am willing to be that not one of them has a full blown special education department ... or esl programs. at the end of the day, it may be interesting reading, but truth be told these schools are not traditional public schools and never will be.
Thoroughly bogus "rating" of top US high schools. DISINGENUOUS. Why? Because these are all
magnet/magnate schools that draw the top students from their districts to enjoy those extra special levels of instruction and educator direction. Being a "mentor educator" for over 20 years I know
of what I speak. I thoroughly believe that the methods and advanced programs can be applied to ALL
schools throughout a district and would thus elevate the standards and capabilities of ALL STUDENTS, not merely the privileged few who in most cases have highly motivated parents who come from "professional" walks of life. BOGUS.
Not a single school from New York City! Well here they are
Bronx High School of Science
High School of Music and Art
High School of Performing Arts
And these are all public high schools though they are very selective. The list in this article is very biased toward newer charter schools located in the south and south west.
by the way how come Boston Latin did not make the list. My understanding is that this High School is one of the best in the Country.
Why is Gwinnett (GA) listed #3 when the ratings indicators are higher than #1 and #2.
I live within three miles of one of these schools and though many of you fuss that a charter school is not a public school, you are wrong. Public charter schools are open to any child willing to apply and face the rigor the school offers. So many kids and their parents are not willing to take the challenge.
I teach in an elementary school that eventually feeds into this highly ranked school and I will say that though many of you whined about so-called southern schools, teachers in my district cringe when a new student says he/she is from a northern school. Many northern schools employ union teachers who care little about much except when their next union meeting is. It's the truth, no bias included.
If you are not an educator who is invested in bettering the life of a child, then shut up. If you think you have a right to complain, then complain, but get off your lazy self and become part of the solution, not the problem. Be an involved parent in your child's education. Or better yet, become a highly qualified educator and solve the educational issues in our country instead of complaining about them. I did, after 15 years in corporate America, and I am thrilled to go to work everyday and teach. I would never go back. And...one last tip - proofread your posts, people!