To the editor:
I recently attended a meeting at the Ida Baker High School. A number of people were in attendance, including Dane Eagle, a candidate running for the District 77 Florida House seat. The purpose of the meeting was to learn more about this forward looking secondary school.
I was interested in attending the meeting because the Ida Baker sounded similar to a high school I attended in San Francisco years ago and I wanted to learn more. Not only was I impressed by the Ida Baker philosophy but I came away impressed by the educational vision shared by Dane during the meeting.
Ida Baker offers a diverse curriculum geared largely to developing skill sets using "academies" ranging from engineering to public service. Some of Ida Baker's graduates go on to elite four year universities while others pursue further additional training in construction, nursing, fire fighting and law enforcement.
At the meeting, Dane talked about the benefits to society of giving students the opportunity to pursue their career interests in high school. Rather than a one size fits all approach where everybody is assumed to be college bound, students at Ida Baker have the opportunity to develop skills that will help them begin their careers earlier or help them in college.
This philosophy makes sense to me. I was required to take two technical classes each semester in high school. By the time I was a senior I could weld, read architectural drawing, frame a house, and tune up a car engine. Although I went on to college, I wouldn't trade my high school skills training for anything. Being able to work with your mind and your hands is a huge advantage in life.
I believe that Dane Eagle will help lead education in a solid direction, one that will serve the interests of students and the needs of society.
Dane says what he means and means what he says. He is a man of integrity and he will get my vote for Florida State House District 77.