Here's a novel idea: Train students for careers in which they might actually find gainful employment. KUSA reports from Loveland, Colorado:

Math class usually requires a pencil and calculator.

At Loveland High School, students also need a hammer and a hard hat.

Every year, about 150 students enroll in “Geometry in Construction." Students, usually sophomores, learn math concepts in the classroom, then use that knowledge to build a small homes.

“We basically started this because we knew what was currently going on was not working for all kids,” said teacher Scott Burke, one of the founders of the program. “We really felt like we needed to create a model that was a little bit different, something that actually helped kids in high-stake, standardized testing, but also gave them employable skills as well.”

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