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The Voyage of the Eagle

 

Today's students are faced with greater challenges than ever before.  What used to be a country full of jobs that required only low to medium skills, where a student with a high school diploma had a good shot at a prosperous life and someone with a college degree was nearly guaranteed success, has changed dramatically over the last three to four decades.  Today's students have to navigate a globalized economy, an economic recession, outrageous college tuition, and ever increasing academic standards in the face of extreme student competition.  To the average teenager without the proper support network, life after high school may look grim.

 

Funny enough, many high school students are still looking at their prospective futures through rose-colored glasses because nobody has bothered to tell them how stark reality is.  According to a presentation Condoleezza Rice made last year to important business leaders from across the country, 70% of the youth in America today will be ineligible for the military due to one or more of these factors: failed ASVAB (once a diagnostic, this standard military test is now an entrance exam that is recalibrated every six months), high school dropout, health and obesity problems, or criminal record.  The business leaders' reactions were that if the youth of today are not eligible for the military, there is no way that they are ready for entry level jobs in middle class America.  The logical conclusion is that if these individuals are not ready for entry level jobs then they will likely remain unemployed or underemployed.  It follows then that 70% of the youth in America today are headed for some form of public assistance (welfare, food stamps, etc.).  Let that sink in for a minute. 

 

It used to be that if you couldn't get into a good school or land a good job you always had the military option; a great program giving an enrollee the chance to serve his or her country while also laying a foundation for education, career pathways, and character education.  Today, however, what was once the "backup" plan is now not an option for 70% of our young population.  Responsible educators are tackling this problem of raising academic skills and preparing our students for the careers of the 21st century.  Certainly critical thinking skills, literacy at the collegiate level, collaborative problem-solving and technological skills are key focal points for Clayton Valley Charter High School.

 

America is in trouble, and the average secondary education system is unfortunately not adequately informing students about the challenges that they face much less preparing them.  This is where Clayton Valley Charter High School sets itself apart as a model high school.  Not only have we made it a priority to present frank and honest information to our students about their futures, but more importantly, we offer the guided path to success.  At the beginning of this year my administrative team and I made grade level presentations to the students to talk about the college and career focus.  At CVCHS we want every student to get into a post-secondary educational program but we also want them to leave that program with a degree or certification that will land them a career.  Every student at our school has access to a guidance and counseling team that is world class.  Every student uses the online program Naviance to perform career aptitude assessments, connect academic goals with career outcomes, and map a four year plan of achievement.  At CVCHS we won't allow students to face the future without the tools and support they need to make it a bright one.  Our students will be prepared to be first class citizens with a world class education!