Study urges greater focus on occupational instruction

The current US education system is failing to prepare millions of young adults for successful careers by providing a one-size-fits-all approach, and it should take a cue from its European counterparts by offering greater emphasis on occupational instruction, a Harvard University study published yesterday concludes.

The two-year study by the Pathways to Prosperity Project at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education said that while much emphasis is placed in high school on going on to a four-year college, only 30 percent of young adults complete a bachelor’s degree.

While the number of jobs that require no post-secondary education has declined, the researchers said, only one-third of the jobs created in the coming years are expected to need a bachelor’s degree. Roughly the same amount will need an associate’s degree or an occupational credential.

http://www.boston.com/news/education/k_12/articles/2011/02/03/study_urges_greater_focus_on_occupational_instruction/

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February 3rd, 2011

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