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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