College Transition Initiative

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The transition from high school to college is a difficult one, and yet, it is a transition that is often overlooked. This site is to help college bound students, parents, and youth workers stay up to date on the latest research and trends in regards to college transition. Your comments are greatly appreciated. Join the conversation!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

What Does Ready Mean?

This article, What Does Ready Mean? There is plenty of confusion about what it means to fully prepare students for life after high school, is very interesting. The article focuses on job readiness and makes the case that most students, even those that graduate college, do not have the job skills needed for most occupations. There seems to be a breakdown between the educational system that supposedly trains students for work, and the training required by most employers. What’s needed is “people skills.” Employers desperately need people who show up on time, work hard and are teachable. According to the article, most colleges and universities are having trouble graduating those kinds of students.

Most intriguing was a quote by Harvard professor Howard Gardner. He writes, “No one knows precisely how to fashion an education that will yield individuals who are disciplined, synthesizing, creative, respectful, and ethical.” Hmmm… If an education is not doing that, what exactly is it doing?


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