In the Washington Post two letters on the John Dell article on remediation argue for different views of TJ’s role. One letter is by a person who used their education at TJ to place out of STEM in college. They insist that TJ cater to people not interested in STEM such as themselves. Their view is that STEM is just enrichment for them to taste.
The other is from a parent of a student at TJ who points out the name itself says that it is a school for science and technology.
The name is Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, not TJ place out of STEM in college.
We can’t afford places at a STEM high school for those who want to use it to place out of STEM in college. This is why the admissions exam should have some algebra 2 questions and even more advanced as one comment I noticed suggested. The admission exam should have advanced problems so that almost no one gets them all correct. Then you pick off the best in order.
A pledge by students that they intend to major in STEM in college should also be part of the admissions process. This would be non-binding. They could change their mind if they wanted to.
We are constantly bombarded with the message from the two parties that we don’t have enough STEM students graduating. This is used to justify policies harmful to the STEM students who do graduate. These political parties may not be genuine in their claims but even so, this is a reason that STEM students at TJ be aiming at least towards STEM in college. The politicians should have to sign a pledge that they will stop their current policies that harm the wages and career prospects of our own STEM graduates.