The Big Think

April 22, 2014

Better Choose Right

Filed under: Education — jasony @ 9:08 pm

Texas Students Choose Career Paths In The Eighth Grade, And That’s Creating Anxiety:

“A new Texas law requires public school students to decide a career track in eighth grade. It’s a sea change with challenges for schools — and some anxiety for kids.

Before this school year ends, nearly 400,000 eighth graders in Texas will have chosen to enroll in one of five specific areas of study adopted by state lawmakers under House Bill 5. There’s STEM, which stands for science, technology engineering and math; business and industry; public service; arts and humanities and a category with mostly advanced courses called multidisciplinary studies.

The choice eighth graders are required to make is huge. It will determine which courses they begin taking when they enter high school this fall.

It’s like being asked: ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’

But for real.”

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