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High School to College and Beyond

With a scandalously low 59 percent of undergraduates in the USA earning bachelor’s degrees in six years, the rest are departing with no degree, sizable debt and weak job prospects, some might argue that our system is broken or needs some change.

How many of you (U.S. citizens and others) were taught practical skills like budgeting in school?  Did you always know what you wanted to be when you grew up?

Take these three words,  “Major”, “College”, “Career” and put them in order of how most high school students make their decisions.

If you’re like most - the decision is usually:
1) College
2) Major
3) Career

However, what would happen if young adults would flip the college decision-making paradigm.   Watch this 5 minute video.  As you will hear/see the education system looks differently around the world.
 
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Anthony Carnevale, a director and research professor for Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce reports:  “the worth of a high school education began to decline during the 1970s recession and “started to drop aggressively by 1983.” On the one hand, the trend toward a greater level of education for most Americans is promising. The concern, however, is that the rewards are not keeping up with the costs. According to Generation Opportunity, university graduates are entering the job market saddled with an average $33,000 in student loan debt.”
 
As an aside, many of Germany's hundred or so institutions of higher learning charge little or no tuition by international comparison.  There is still disagreement right now over whether universities are supposed to teach for enlightenment or to prepare students for the job market.
 
This video is called Success in the New Economy.
 
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Finally, if we decide that none of this matters, you might like to see this “funny” (or sad video). Do you know someone like this?
 
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