Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Risk of Overselling Workforce Readiness | Truth in American Education

The Risk of Overselling Workforce Readiness | Truth in American Education:

The Risk of Overselling Workforce Readiness

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Dr. Gary Houchens, a member of the Kentucky State Board of Education and associate professor of educational administration, leadership, and research at Western Kentucky University, in a recent article, talks about the swing from overselling college readiness in K-12 education to what we see today – the overselling of workforce readiness.
I wanted to share first three concerns about this trend, but I encourage you to read his whole article.
1) Students’ K-12 experiences should give them flexibility to learn about a variety of career pathways based on their own self-perceived aptitudes and interests, but we should avoid pushing students toward specific careers goals that would deny them the opportunity for a broad, rich, multi-disciplinary education. Unlike many other countries that track students into vocational or pre-college programs based on test scores or the judgment of educators, in the United States we have prioritized giving students choices in their education and career pathways. Most people now pass through several careers 
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