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Hoffman, Nancy – Jobs For the Future, 2015
In the United States, we tend to assume that young people should become educated and then go to work, as though the two were entirely separate stages of life. This dichotomy blinds us to the fact that work itself can be a powerful means of education-giving students opportunities to apply academic subject matter to real-world problems, and pushing…
Descriptors: Role of Education, Job Skills, Career Development, High Schools
Hoffman, Nancy – Jobs For the Future, 2015
For young people in the United States, whatever their backgrounds, one of the essential purposes of schooling should be to help them develop the knowledge, skills, and competence needed to search for and obtain work that they find at least reasonably satisfying. Our present educational system does precious little to introduce young people to the…
Descriptors: Role of Education, Job Skills, Career Development, High Schools
Hoffman, Nancy – Phi Delta Kappan, 2011
Dropouts have become an international problem, and it is useful to examine the solutions arrived at by other countries. A major difference is in vocational education. The United States, for example, uses vocational education mainly as a means to motivate uninterested students. Countries with low dropout rates have vocational education and training…
Descriptors: Dropout Rate, Dropouts, Vocational Education, Apprenticeships