Education Commissioner Calling for Better High Schools

DECEMBER 5, 2006 - Posted at 11:47 a.m. CST

SPRINGDALE, AR - Arkansas Education Commissioner Ken James says high schools in Arkansas need an overhaul.

James is traveling the state to draw attention to improvements he wants to put in place at the state's high schools.  Yesterday, James spoke in Springdale.  Next week, he will give a talk in Jonesboro.  Today he is to be in Fort Smith.  Last week, James was in south Arkansas.

James says Arkansas high schools are built on an agrarian model from the 19th century, with a 20th century industrial curriculum.  James says high schools have to adapt to the digital age.

In an earlier conference with Governor Huckabee, James said allowing students to take an easier curriculum sends the wrong message.  He says students need greater expertise so they can enter college or join the work force after high school.

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