Today we had a meeting stressing the importance of career-readiness over college admission. A highly rhetorical video was shown which used statistics in order to show that college is not as valuable as we assume for all students, and that many would be better off pursuing technical careers. The video and the presentation was designed to get teachers to re-evaluate our push to send every student to college because for some, college isn't worth the debt. While it may be a valid point, I couldn't help but wonder...is it the job of schools to prepare students for jobs/careers...or does that responsibility lie elsewhere? Is school about making workers, or preparing learners? There seems to be a mixed message.
It's certainly not a question that's going to be answered today, but it's a question that needs to be considered as we role out all these new initiatives. It's difficult to prepare students to be well-rounded, deep-thinking, life-long learners...while at the same time encouraging them to restrict their education to something that will benefit them monetarily. They, in fact, seem completely at odds with each other.