City and Poly under scrutiny
In a my story on Sunday about City and Poly, I detail how many people believe the standards for the two premier high schools should be raised. What is clear in subsequent e-mails and phone calls I have received is that many students, teachers and alumni believe that the major issue is the preparation of students coming into the schools. They say the middle schools just aren't preparing students well enough for rigorous courses in high school. Students who haven't done hard homework in their elementary and middle schools aren't ready for it in high school.
I would like to know what readers believe should be done at the schools to better prepare graduates. Should the schools tighten their entrance requirements or should they try to deal with the students as they come? Should the middle schools institute gifted programs to begin preparing a larger contingent of students to go on to the selective high schools?