Nowadays, graduating from high school provides no guarantees of a good job. In fact, graduating from college no longer provides guarantees of a good job either which is a significant problem. To me, the solution is to make sure 90% of those graduating from high school should be able to get a good job. Going to college should be an option, not a requirement, to get a good job.
What needs to change? K-12 education should be focused on getting students to enter the workforce after graduating. Here are some of my ideas:
- Complete foundation skills earlier. Foundation math, reading and writing skills should be accelerated to completion by eighth grade. This will enable high school to focus on teaching skills needed for employment.
- Teach employable skills. High school curricula should include developing critical thinking skills, decision making skills and data analysis skills. To me, many college graduates haven't developed these skills. Also, high school curricula should include teach employable craft skills.
- Work as part of the education. Students can learn to work early in a good job and get paid for doing it. This would help develop a good work ethic and show how skills learned in school are useful.
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