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Ruidoso Schools Career Pathways Program Extended From High School to Kindergarten

Following the success of the Ruidoso High School Career Pathways program in its implementation, the school board decided this week to extend the reach of the program back through Kindergarten. Career Pathways is a curriculum wherein students can look around at various career fields, and begin to choose by the middle of their high school years what sort of work they would like to do, and take the corresponding classes, similar to having a major in college. The change will affect Ruidosa students beginning in the 2005-2006 school year.

The logic behind the program states the sooner a student gets the decision out of the way, the more prepared he or she will be for college. With the extension, most children should be solidly locked in to a path by the second grade. A school board member, speaking on the condition of anonymity, noted, “Nowadays you really have to be ready early if you’re going to try and make it in to college. This will hopefully allow Ruidoso’s children to remain competitive in the 21st century.” There have been reports that the school is looking at DNA testing to pre determine what career paths students would be most efficient at, but officials so far refuse to confirm.

Preliminary surveys of Kindergarten students reveal which careers are most likely to be pursued, with 26.5% of students responding they want to be president of the United States, 19.9% wanting to be astronauts, and 18.3% wanting to be “a magical fairy princess” (mostly girls.) Only one student responded “accountant.” Under the new program, our future presidential candidates would learn their ABCs, followed by their 123s, and move on quickly to John Locke’s social contract. Future astronauts would be given extensive training including underwater zero-g acclimation and merry-go-round centrifugal testing. Fairy princesses would spend the majority of class learning correct etiquette at tea parties.

Critics charge the changes are “unreasonable,” noting that the average college student switches majors three times, thus negating the effectiveness of any pre-college career work for anyone but a select few. The administration responded with a written statement, which said “…these changes are in line with our goals to be the best high school in New Mexico, then the southwest, and finally the world! MWAHAHAHAHA.” When approached for reactions, the Kindergarteners ran away, crying for their mothers.