I had no idea there existed such an animal as the Hyman G. Rickover Naval Academy.
Turns out it’s a college prep school in Chicago, and they just graduated their first group of seniors.
Can’t lie. I kind of like the idea. Having read “The Rickover Effect” (which I highly recommend), I think that Rickover had some great ideas regarding education and training. While the execution of said ideas may have been somewhat lacking, and without his personal guidance those ideas may have transformed a little, I think the base idea of what he wanted is solid (legends of intermittent fits of rage and difficulties dealing with subordinates aside, you’ve got to admit the man got it done).
I like the curriculum of the school. None of that block scheduling crap that every teacher I’ve ever met who has to use it hates. Nope, they’re old school:
English 4 Years
Social Studies 3 Years
Mathematics 3 Years
Science 3 Years
Foreign Language 2 years of the same language
Fine Arts 1 Year
Music 1 Year
NJROTC 4 Years
40 Hours of Community Service
I especially like the Fine arts and community service requirements. I think an education in the arts, no matter how small a)provides the student with an outlet that can be relatively stress free and b) allows them to see that it’s ok to open your mind and experiment with ideas.
And the community service is important, especially in the current age of Generation “What’s in it for me?”
Good on them, and I wish them all the success in the world.