The Southeastern Educational Board’s report is helpful, but the recommendation that we raise high school graduation rates to 90% or higher in all high schools within a decade is foolish to say the least. If this goal includes career education and giving high school credit for that education, then the recommendation makes sense. Otherwise, it continues the “college for all” myth that is that is so destructive.
They also recommend that students get into community and technical colleges and on pathways to his post secondary attainment and career advancement much earlier. This is true, but it must be much, much earlier. It should begin in middle school not in post- secondary education.
These reports continue to link academic education to career education but there is not enough time for a student to take a full load of academic courses and participate fully in career education. Most of our students need career education rather than college preparation.