In high schools across the United States, an almost singular focus on preparing students for traditional 4-year college degree programs fails to serve the majority of students argues University of Washington faculty member Thomas Halverson.
On July 30, Halverson will discuss how school systems can better support the diversity of students’ skills, interests and passions during a live chat starting at 11:30 a.m. Pacific on the College's YouTube Live channel and Facebook Live.
Halverson, the director of the Master’s in Education Policy program at the UW, wrote about the need to create alternative pathways for the majority of high school students who won’t pursue a bachelor’s degree in an essay in the most recent edition of the College of Education’s Research That Matters magazine.
In the essay, Halverson, notes that taking career and technical education (CTE) courses in high school can improve the odds of graduation, boost a student’s chances of taking advanced math and science coursework, and increase their earnings immediately after high school.
“We need to let go of the myth that the current system works for most high school students and recognize that we are failing to prepare a majority of the young people in our state to lead their best lives,” Halverson wrote.
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