Equity And Competition

The issue is back again! Now Paul Barton has an article in Change worth checking out. It’s about the labor market, college degrees, and competitiveness. The fundamental issue here though, it seems to me, is not the labor market but rather it’s equity and choices. I favor making a “college-prep” curriculum the default one in high schools not because everyone should go to college, will go to college, or needs to go to college. Instead, it’s because that curriculum doesn’t close doors for kids, opens some, and is pretty good preparation for a variety of post-secondary pursuits as well as a gateway to participation in civic life.

4 Replies to “Equity And Competition”

  1. Maybe I’m not understanding what he advocates about college prep, but I think that there’s still a place for vocational curriculum and the like in addition to strictly college prep.

    When I was in high school, and now that I’m student teaching, I’ve noticed many, many students who stay to graduation only because of our autoshop, or our welding, or our woodworking electives.

    Writing a 12-page treatise comparing Jane Austen to the Bronte sisters doesn’t do it for a huge population of kids.


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