Lately, I have been thinking a lot about words that start with work...
What is work, and what does it have to do with schools and learning?
Some would argue that the education system is not doing enough to support the workforce. It is not a Millennial issue, or a standards issue. It is about emotions, and it is about relationships. It is about responsibility.
And, it is now a presidential debate issue, with 18 of 23 presidential candidates supporting some type of tuition relief or assistance.
"However, a 2013 McKinsey & Company study of youth, education providers, and employers in nine countries showed that while 72 percent of higher education institutions believe they prepare their students well for the workforce, half of students are not sure if their credentials improve their opportunities at finding a job. This disconnect can also be seen in the private sector where only 11 percent of business leaders ‘strongly agree’ that students have the vital skills for the labour market, compared to 96 percent of chief academic officers who believed their institutions were either somewhat or very effective at providing the necessary skills to students. While a post-secondary degree is still proven to be a career asset, the current level of disconnect between what employers want versus what is being taught must be addressed."
—McKinsey & Company, "The Voice of the Graduate"
✱ hat tip to David Culberhouse for sharing these ideas