November 16, 2017
Updated August 24, 2019
An American High School Diploma was once a ticket to an amazing affluence of an American Middle Class standard of living on a single income. Countless Americans enjoyed luxuries that might have been coveted by kings and queens of past generations.
K-12 successfully taught Science, Advanced Math, Latin, Foreign Languages, College Level English, Music, Art, Vocational Arts, Firearm Safety, and hosted well equipped athletics departments, all without need of having any “bake sale” to cover deficits.
Back then, College was still “higher learning” and so the brainiacs that had potential to become the next generation of doctors, lawyers, scientists and scholars could leverage excellent performance in their “free school” to receive the specialized, focused and advanced training that might help them realize their true potential.
The very best and brightest students were given extra encouragement to join the intellectual elite with merit-based scholarships that allowed my own father (Valedictorian at both his High School and Middle School) to earn his business degree with minor in music at University of Syracuse tuition free.