Monday, November 14, 2011

A Qualification for Higher Education

I've just finished reading a long debate about education in New Jersey (that of 8 September), and as is the case in many suburban communities in the United States, people appear generally happy about their local schools. I'm glad they're happy, but it would be nice if they had better reasons to be happy.

I'm also currently reading Kellogg on Marketing, and I want One World Secondary School to be as competitive as possible, so what could we offer that current schools don't?

In Europe there exists the concept of an educational qualification, and similar notions exist in east Asia as well. In brief, an educational qualification (the oldest in existence is Germany's Abitur--the baccalaureat of France is likewise over two centuries old) acts as both a letter of acceptance for the entire public higher education system of a country and a scholarship for a free university education, something that many American students can only dream of these days. I want the American Baccalaureate Certificate our school is proposing to be such a qualification for higher education in California and elsewhere, and am promoting the assurance of quality of the university-preparatory education that it represents. That is something that no American school can currently match, but it requires convincing people and changing minds, and that is what this blog is all about.

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