What if you had a chance to do HS all over again would you attended such a program ?The program, founded in 2000, is believed to be the first and only preservation arts program in the country. It aims to prepare students for future jobs in restoration crafts or in related fields such as conservation and architecture. Students learn about engineering and city planning and take part in hands-on classes and internships in stone masonry, stained-glass restoration and timber framing.
Teachers also plan their lessons collaboratively: When history teacher Mark Watson teaches his social studies students about the significance of Grand Central Terminal, a math teacher covers the geometry of the building and an Earth Science instructor gives an astronomy lesson based on the constellations in the ceiling.
For principal Finley, this is the true value of the program, teaching students to be good stewards of their communities, especially the historic sites and structures that they will inherit from previous generations.
"Ultimately, it's about civic duty," Finley said. "That's what this program teaches."
I can see such a program in other large cities.
I think it is pretty cool.