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This years sophomore class in Oklahoma high schools is the first to be under the Four-by-Four plan in order to graduate This plan requires that each student takes the four core classes English math social studies and science for each of the four years of high school in order to graduate When discussing his plan Keating commented Oklahomas basic high school graduation standard will be among the 15 most rigorous in the country We now have jumped into the top tier of states in what we teach our high school students Office 2001 This statement only really says that what will be taught is above average not that students will benefit from it Just because the standards are higher does not mean that students are going to be the ones that will do better Teachers and school districts will also suffer because the core curriculum will be taken out of their hands and into the hands of state officials The Four-by-Four high school requirement plan should no longer be implicated in Oklahoma schools because it takes away the students ability to branch out and learn about subjects that interest them The four-by-four plan will force students to use four of their periods for this plan There are however only six periods in a school day so this leaves only two periods for electives If a student is involved in sports and a foreign language they have no space in their schedule to take classes they are enthused about The students are forced to take classes they have taken since elementary school instead of taking classes that could benefit their futures in college or in a career These students would suffer in the long run by not being as widely intelligent as others who they would compete with for entry into college for scholarships and for careers For example one student has gone to a high school that requires the four by four plan while
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