Adjusting the High School Curriculum
There were a few ideas for alternate classes in his book. The full list was adding classes on:
- Computer Programming
- Fine art
- Presenting ideas
- Creative writing
- Product development
- Product management
- How Old is the Earth?
- What’s the right price to pay for this car?
- How to do something no one has ever done before
- Design and build a small house
- Advanced software interface design
in addition to knowing the following skills:
- Giving a presentation
- Handling a negotiation
- Writing marketing copy
- Shaking hands
- Dressing for a meeting
- Making love
- Analyzing statistics
- Hiring people
- Dealing with authority figures
- Verbal self defense
- Handling emotionally difficult situations
by the time you graduate.
It seemed like a large list, and I wondered if it was possible to do this in addition to the standard High School course load.
Here’s a standard course load:
Here’s the classes most people remember five years after High School:
Here’s the classes Seth Godin is proposing adding to the system:
Here’s all of those classes combined:
Here’s a feasible combination of a traditional course load, and the classes Seth Godin is suggesting:
Which would mean losing out on the following classes:
As discussed in a previous post, the real problem isn’t reshaping the curriculum, but it’s interesting to see what one potential modern curriculum might look like.