Senioritis is one of those conditions, like a cold, that can’t be cured – only treated. One high school in New Jersey sounds like it is taking the right approach by requiring seniors to participate in a project or internship of personal interest to them instead of just sitting through classes.
WISE [Wise Individualized Senior Experience] involves seniors’ doing an internship or taking part in a project for some of their senior year. Students choose a topic or field they want to pursue. With a faculty mentor and an outside supervisor, they keep a journal, and the program finishes with a presentation before a panel of teachers, students and community members. [via: NY Times – free registration required]
Lord knows threats and penalties have never worked!