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SOCB26- March, 27, 2012 Lecture 10 2. The rise of the Shopping Mall High School: wide range of choices and variety in courses/ electives/ extracurricular activities in order to accommodate different student needs. - Critique of the Shopping Mall High School: - Encouraged mediocrity, rather than excellence. - While high standards were okay in core subjects, electives were expected to be easier School organization: from the Shopping Mall High School to Private Schools and more choice A backlash against the Shopping Mall High School has led to:  Demands that educational standards improve  A market-driven rise private schooling  A school choice ethos – which has seen increased numbers of speciality schools in both public and private education  While expansion of private sector education signifies that getting a good education is becoming ever more competitive, there is little evidence that private schools provide a better education than the public system  equity: most families can't afford private education - The deregulation of fees for professional programs in university has squeezed out students from middle-class families High school should be neutral about the decisions a student makes, i.e. if a student chooses to take academic or applied courses. How have variety and choice become a characteristic of high school? This is keeping the customers satisfied. The school would recognize that different students have different tastes and needs. It is the obligations of the shopping mall high school to offer many options. This is to try and make sure that the majority of the population get their education. High dropout rate is an indicator of a failing school. Back in the day, schools were focused only on academic excellence, but today in shopping mall high schools there is no emphasis on academic achievements. Informal norms about how tough certain courses should or would be have formed. The unofficial rules of the shopping mall high school have designated electives as the easier courses. Teachers expect less in electives. It would seem as if the teacher was breaking the rules if they had high expectations of the students in elective courses. And those teachers teaching core courses can have higher expectations. Davie’s and Guppies say that shopping mall schools encourage students to do their own streaming b/c the school remains officially neutral. Their own streaming is a consequence of the shopping mall school. North American students compared to European students who have way more electives. It has been a factor in the r
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