The college dropout problem

Only half the students who start a four-year college program finish the degree in four years–or even six, according to the New York Times, relying on statistics from the U.S. Department of education. That’s a lot of time and money spent on an incomplete project.

The story reviews the pros and cons of heading to college, which I won’t get into now. Instead, I’ll focus on the need, which the article points out, for people to fill jobs that don’t need the traditional four-year degree: “Yet despite the need, vocational programs, which might teach such skills, have been one casualty in the push for national education standards, which has been focused on preparing students for college.”

For more on that topic, see the new page at Kansas Education on national standards.

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