Education Headlines – It’s All About Jobs
With all the news about education floating around out there in the digital media space, it can kind of make one's head spin. This past week, I spent some time scanning for news articles on the topic. Below are some of the stories I found particularly interesting. And you'll notice a theme - jobs. It's all about jobs. U.S. education policy has the end zone in sight - to be competitive, to stay economically viable, we have to prepare our nation's youth with skills they need to succeed. I agree with the ideas put forth in these articles, particularly that one of the greatest obstacles is the quality of educational programs children receive in the early years. To really advance the possibility of education attainment translating into jobs, the private sector absolutely has to get involved. But it's just not on them. The public sector has to listen, implement the programs employers find necessary and produce results.
The New York Times: News Corp. Has a Tablet for Schools by Amy Chozick
“When I left I was convinced of two things,” Mr. Klein said of his tenure as chancellor of New York schools. “If we didn’t see a dramatic technological change, we were not going to be able to move this country forward,” and “second of all, that the private sector had to get much, much more involved.”
Crain’s New York: Matthew Goldstein and Stanley S. Litow: Critical connection between education and jobs by Matthew Goldstein and Stanley S. Litow
In announcing a “new challenge to redesign America's high schools so they better equip graduates for the demands of a high-tech economy” last month, President Barack Obama cited what the city Department of Education, the City University of New York and IBM are doing at the Brooklyn school P-Tech.
The Atlantic Cities: San Antonio’s Ingenious Plan To Get Kids Good Jobs Out of High School by Sophie Quinton
Job-skills training is a popular policy issue in the wake of the Great Recession—President Obama made it a centerpiece of his reelection campaign, and House Republicans have pledged to make federal job-training programs a priority in the current Congress.
The Wall Street Journal: Public’s Preschool’s Test Case by Stephanie Banchero
Mr. Obama's first obstacle will be convincing Congress—and the public—that preschool pays the kinds of dividends he cites. He has relied on research from leading economists to say every $1 invested in high-quality early education can save $7 down the road by reducing crime and high-school dropout rates, as well as leading to better job prospects.