Let’s Get Real: Deeper Learning and the Power of the Workplace


In this report, Nancy Hoffman argues that in a period when very few teens have access to jobs, high school experience must incorporate gradual exposure to the workplace. Educators today assert that “college and career readiness” should be the goal for every high school student, but “career readiness” is too often an empty tagline. What does it mean to be ready for a career?

Learning to work and learning about work are major milestones for adolescent social and cognitive development. If deeper learning is the end, then work is a powerful means. The United States needs to make visible the strong models of high schools incorporating work-based learning, and establish policies at the state and federal levels to scale and support them.

Source Organization: Students at the Center

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