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ERIC Number: EJ854913
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0195-7597
A Common Core Curriculum for the New Century
Barth, Patte
Journal for Vocational Special Needs Education, v26 n1-2 p17-35 Fall 2003-Win 2004
What does a high school diploma do for new graduates? For decades, Americans have come to expect a diploma to do at least two things: (1) offer a chance at jobs that support a family; and (2) qualify its holder for entrance into the military. But today, most young people and their parents also expect it to open the door to postsecondary education, whether directly after high school or later to advance their careers. Young people understand the relationship between education and earnings better than anyone. Regardless of the path they initially choose, these young people are gambling on the same thing--that their diploma will prepare them to succeed. But it is not exactly a safe bet. Despite sky-rocketing college-going rates, all but a few states still consider college-preparatory courses to be "electives." Neither are the skills and content needed for further education typically reflected in state high school assessments. In this article, the author looks at the implications of this mismatch for young people. What does the labor market hold for young people with varying levels of education? What does it take to succeed in college compared to the demands of work in a rapidly changing marketplace? How do today's high school requirements and course-taking patterns stack up against those needs? Finally, the author examines the following question: what can educators do to assure that all, rather than just some, of the young people are adequately prepared for the future? (Contains 19 tables, 1 footnote, and 13 endnotes.)
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Language: English
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