Monday, March 2, 2009

Wildcard Response

When watching the film "Crossing the Divide", I did not see my high school belonging to any of the three high schools in the film. At William B. Travis High School, I was surprised to see that computers, something I am sure most of us take for granted, could have such a huge affect on students and what they do outside of the school day. I have been using computers for as long as I can remember, so I cannot even begin to imagine what it would be like not even being exposed to one until my high school years. At my high school, we not only had multiple computer labs and mobile labs, but we also had classes we could take for credit that would allow us to become more proficient at using certain programs on the computer.

When watching the segment about New Technology High School, I honestly did not like the concept of the way that the school was set up. I think that it is a cool idea to have a school that is based of off using computers, however, I believe it is important to have some traditional high school courses as well since they will need those to prepare for the real world. Also, I think that having after-school clubs and sports are an important part of high school that everyone should have the chance to experience. By having a traditional high school experience, I believe that it helped to better prepare me for college.


  1. I agree with you about New Tech High, I think after school activities and a well-rounded academic curriculum are vital for a successful high school. I also think the video might have been more effective if they would have had a more standard high school in it. Because like you said, it is hard for us to imagine not being around computers until the start of high school.

  2. I agree with you about the Tech High. However not only are after school activities important, but just having a great variety of classes are as well. One can not just solely survive on computers, just like one can not just solely survive on social skills. One needs to be very well-rounded and flexible to go somewhere in life.