It is understandable that the administrators at Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School, a new school in Vancouver that will focus student’s learning in the professional medical field, want to help students along. Though this seems like a fantastic idea, it may not be the best.
Teachers have long helped students focus their talents and decide what they want to be when they grow up, but how much say should a teacher have? Providing students with an option to pursue health and medical careers is a fairly new idea.
In past years, schools have offered specialized classes for students that have an interest in science, math, art, and more, but never in the medical field. With the introduction of this new teaching method, comes the opportunity for students to jump start their college careers well before they ever send out the first application, which can be both a blessing and a curse in one.
On one hand, children should be allowed to spend their later school years growing as people, enjoying what time they have left of their youth before the world forces them to grow up and enter the job market. On the other hand, this school has the ability to help career oriented students prepare long before they ever leave the shelter that school offers.
Since the school is to be so specialized, it is likely that many parents will opt to pay tuition and send their children to the school no matter what school district it falls under.
As a general, run of the mill High School that caters to all students dependent only on what district they live in, this is not a viable option and could end up being a waste of resources. However, if the school board opens the school only to those students that show an interest, have parents that are willing to pay tuition or bring their students to the school, or that show academic promise, this school could be a powerful thing.
Essentially, as a general school something so specialized is likely to fail as many students simply want to pass their classes and be on their way, but as a magnet or specialized High School it could do wonders for exceptional students that want a head start on their careers.