In a bid to ensure that students take career planning seriously, Chicago has now come up with new requirements for them to fulfill. The requirement will come into force only by the year 2020, but when it does, students aspiring to graduate will have to present their plan for the future.
Mayor calls it a 'path toward successful life'
According to the Mayor, Rahm Emmanuel, the new requirement is a move that will encourage students who are graduating to pursue a 'path toward successful life'. The expectation is that the students will have to start early in thinking about what they want to do. And this is likely to help them make the right career education choices that can lead them to the career path they desire. The idea may sound good on paper but Chicago residents, particularly the parents of school and college going students, are not particularly impressed, it appears.
Criticism for the move
Pointing out a factor that many parents are talking about in criticism of the new move, Chris Cleveland, who happens to be a Republican and also a parent of a student who goes to public school in Chicago, said that the mayor's focus is faulty. He wanted the focus to be switched to the 30% high school dropout rate here, which is quite high. Cleveland criticized the Democrat Mayor and said that priority should be given to cutting down the drop-out rate to a more reasonable level.
Cleveland also made another valid point that many parents are in full support of, he questioned how the schools will appoint additional counselors to help the students chart out their plans for the future post- secondary education when the entire education system here is in financial trouble.
Denying diploma is not fair
Cleveland also pointed out a big flaw in the new move. He said that no students should be deprived of his or her high school diploma merely on the basis of the fact that they have not yet gained admission into a course or because they are not employed. The diploma has been earned by the student and future plans should not impair their chances of getting it, he said. The Mayor has countered the criticism saying that the plan will only ensure that students from Chicago are far more prepared to face the future than any other state since Chicago will become the first ever to implement such a system.