West Ada School District has a message for the J.A. and Katheryn Albertson Foundation: Telling students they aren’t prepared for life after high school isn’t helping.
Months after the foundation released a controversial ad showing Idaho students being left stranded by a school bus – suggesting that 80 percent of high school graduates weren’t ready to cut it in the real world – West Ada District officials asked some of their recent graduates what they thought.
In two words: not much.
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In a three minute video, produced by the district and posted on its website, a pair of Mountain View High School recent graduates, identified only by their first names, took issue with the foundation’s assertion.
“Is that really true?” asked Becca. “I come from a big family so that would mean my siblings or I are not prepared for life after high school.”
“Not my favorite ad,” said Micaela. “Most of the kids I know here at Mountain View are going to college and graduating. They have a plan. They have been prepared.”
West Ada school officials did not immediately respond to the foundation’s ad when it first aired in January. Several districts criticized the foundation for how it used SAT scores to reach its conclusion. Don Coberly, Boise School District superintendent, said the ad undermined public education.
Rather than add more administrative voices to the debate over the Albertson Foundation’s ad, school officials decided to ask some students what they thought.
“The ad makes students feel they aren’t successful,” said Eric Exline, district spokesman.
Calls to the Albertson Foundation were not immediately returned.