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The great debate over the career/tech path

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February

Turns out, the timing was perfect for yesterday's Pinellas school board discussion about career and technical education.

Here's the lead from a story in yesterday's Washington PostThe current U.S. education system is failing to prepare millions of young adults for successful careers by providing a one-size-fits-all approach, and it should take a cue from its European counterparts by offering greater emphasis on occupational instruction, a Harvard University study published Wednesday concludes.

And here's a snippet of the response from Ed Trust president Kati Haycock: Nobody who spends much time in America’s high schools could possibly argue that they are focused on “college for all,” or that they ever have been. Most schools still resist the idea that all kids can and should be college-ready. By continuing long-standing, unfair practices of sorting and selecting, they create what is essentially an educational caste system – directing countless young people, especially low-income students and students of color, away from college-prep courses and from seeing themselves as “college material.”

[Last modified: Thursday, February 3, 2011 6:24pm]

    

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