Education Innovation
Could the Apprenticeship Model Work Here?
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  • Andrew Allison

    The first thing which needs to be said is that it’s apparently pretty difficult these days to get a job for which a college degree qualifies you. The brutal fact is that far too many unqualified kids are going to college and far too many graduates are over-qualified for the available jobs. What’s needed are incentives not to go to college but to learn a marketable skill instead. The obvious vehicle for this is the Community College system, which should switch it’s primary focus from college-prep to trade schooling. The role of employers in this is to encourage the acquisition of the skills which they do not necessarily need in their employees. There are two parts to this: encouraging schools to teach marketable skills, and encouraging students to take advantage of this. What worked for me was a paid half-day at school in exchange for taking two evening classes (and, of course, passing the courses).

  • Corlyss

    It probably would work if educators’ mindset for the last 50 years could be changed and we could buy off the flagging unions. The drumbeat for every single child to go to college has given us unrealistic goals for educators and no fallback. High schools need to have fall back curricula for those who . . . don’t WANT to go to college. Right now, those folks are thrown out of the system to find their own way. Personally, I think that is failing the customer.

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