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Wednesday February 25, 2015
This blog was originally posted on GenDIY Blog on Huffington Post Education. This blog was also available on Tom Vander Ark's Getting Smart Blog. If you're between 16 and 24, you've probably looked for a job, and maybe you've been lucky enough to find a decent one. But you may also have had this very common problem: if you don't have experience you can't get a job, and if you can't get a job, you can't get experience. And school doesn't help very much—you're supposed to be preparing for college and career, but the career prep is often a fiction. Besides work is way off in the future. Now...
Tags: Career and Technical Education, Deeper Learning, Student-Centered Learning, Work-Based Learning
Thursday May 9, 2013
Most U.S. educators give me a quizzical look when I mention that I just returned from a study tour of the Swiss Vocational System with ten representatives of the Pathways to Prosperity State Network at the invitation of the Swiss government. Isn’t that the country known for watches, skiing, and chocolate? Well, yes, but Switzerland has arguably the world’s most competitive economy as assessed by the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report as well as the best vocational education system, as featured in Stephen Sawchuk’s 4/23 Education Week article. The two are related. The Swiss...
Tags: Career Pathways, State-Local K-12 Policy, State-Local Workforce Policy
Wednesday April 25, 2012
Students at the Center
Alfred Tatum, author of a paper entitled Literacy Practices for African-American Male Adolescents, begins with two heartbreaking quotes from young black males he spoke with: “All my grades are bad and nobody can help me,” said one. “I am a lost soul,” said the other. While Tatum gives credit to this decade’s research advances both in adolescent literacy and in understanding conditions supporting African-American male achievement, he argues that “most school literacy practices continue to miss the mark and suffer from an underestimation of the depths of student needs.” The result: Far too...
Tags: Literacy, Student-Centered Learning