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CNN NEWS:底特律计划提升高中毕业率

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ALLAN CHERNOFF,CNN资深记者:Fredricka,我现在在底特律的基石学校。实际上,底特律共有三所这样的教育机构,一个是独立的——就是现在这一个。另外两所属于公立学校系统。

但是在所有这些学校,学生们都非常优秀。几乎所有学生都能从高中毕业。他们的测试成绩远远高于平均分数。但是这里的教师并不交给他们怎样考试。实际上,他们的教学方法非常全面——伦理,道德,这非常重要,还有音乐和艺术。

实际上,从幼儿园开始,这些孩子就开始学习中文。你相信这一点吗?现在对比一下底特律公立学校,只有58%的学生从高中毕业。

所以,今天底特律宣布了一个很大的计划,关闭超过40所学校。这是使底特律学校复兴的项目的一部分。

他们希望在五年之内提高毕业率。现在,只有58%的学生从高中毕业,他们希望提高到98%。非常有抱负。

他们还希望五年之内学生的测试达到全国平均水平,现在他们的差距还很大。他们要做的是招募优秀的校长,招募优秀教师,但是还有另外一个关键点,基石学校之所以获得成功关键就是依靠这一点。

CLARK DURANT,基石学校创立者:我们说,除了学生之外,你们也有责任。我们希望你们能够参加教师和家长会议。我们希望你了解学生的家庭作业完成情况。

CHERNOFF:家长必须发挥关键作用。教育家表示这是非常重要的,这是一些失败的学校在乎要问题。不仅仅是家长,他们还从社区聘用指导者,专业人员与学生见面,鼓励他们,告诉他们如果辍学会发生什么情况。

ALLAN CHERNOFF, CNN SENIOR CORRESPONDENT: Fredricka, I'm at the Cornerstone Schools here in Detroit. There are actually three of these institutions within Detroit, one independent -- this one -- and then there are two that are part of the public school system.

But at all of these schools the students are excelling. Virtually all of them go on to graduate high school. They test well above the grade average. But they don't teach to test here. They actually have a very holistic approach to teaching -- ethics, morals, very, very important, music and the arts.

In fact, beginning in kindergarten these kids begin learning Chinese. Can you believe that? Now compare the situation here with what's going on at the Detroit public schools. Only 58 percent of the students graduate high school.

So Detroit today is announcing a big plan, shutting down more than 40 of its schools. It's all part of a program to revitalize Detroit schools.

What they want to do is within five years boost their graduation rates. Right now only 58 percent, as we said, are graduating high school. They want to get that up to 98 percent. Very ambitious.

They also want the students to test at the national average within five years. They're a long way from that. What they are going to do is recruit top principals, recruit top teachers, but there's also another key component, something that is done here that's a key part of the success here at Cornerstone.

CLARK DURANT, FOUNDER, CORNERSTONE SCHOOL: We say that you have a responsibility, too, not just the student. We expect you to be at parent/teacher meetings. We expect you to see that a child's homework gets done.

CHERNOFF: The parents have to play a key role. Educators say that is so, so important, and it is a major problem at some failing schools. Not just parents but also over here they recruit people from the community, mentors, professionals in the community, who come to also meet with the children and encourage them and tell them exactly what they can become once they get out of school.


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