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Nearly Half of Prospective College Students Don't Expect to Graduate

A pair of recently released surveys suggests that half of the nation’s high school students feel academically unprepared for college, while half of the students entering their postsecondary education are anxious that they may not graduate, suggesting a variety of stressors could keep them from attaining a diploma.

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Don’t Suspend Students. Empathize.

To his teachers at Ridgeway High School in Memphis, Jason Okonofua was a handful. During class, his mind drifted and he would lose the thread of the lesson. He slouched at his desk and dozed off.

His teachers seemed to take it personally, as a sign of disrespect. He earned detention and was suspended several times.

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50 Things I Wish I’d Been Taught in High School

As I prepare to leave high school and head into college (aka the ~real world~), I realize I’m lacking knowledge in a lot of important areas. I can recite the quadratic formula from memory, name you 52 prepositions in the English language and write a 10-page research paper, no problem. (Note: some of those are more valuable skills than others.) But I find I’m alarmingly undereducated when it comes to real life skills, and I know I’m not alone in that.

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Spring 2017 Newsletter

Spring 2017 Newsletter

Download the Spring 2017 GEAR UP Alabama newsletter.

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Why We Desperately Need To Bring Back Vocational Training In Schools

In a situation where 70% of high school students do not go to college, nearly half of those who do go fail to graduate, and over half of the graduates are unemployed or underemployed, is vocational education really expendable? Or is it the smartest investment we could make in our children, our businesses, and our country’s economic future?

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