Amanda Paulson, Staff writer / February 2, 2011
“In discussions about “college and career readiness” – one of the education catchphrases these days – the focus is usually on college.
But increasingly, some educators are calling for more attention to the career part of the equation – andquestioning whether a traditional four-year college degree is necessarily the best path for everyone.
A new report released by Harvard Wednesday states in some of the strongest terms yet that such a “college for all” emphasis may actually harm many American students – keeping them from having a smooth transition from adolescence to adulthood and a viable career.
“The American system for preparing young people to lead productive and prosperous lives as adults is clearly badly broken,” concludes the report, “Pathways to Prosperity” (pdf).”