Education Reform in America

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Introduction America faces a serious higher education problem. More people are going to college than ever before, yet there is a lack of highly skilled workers. Students are graduating with a wealth of information yet have few real world skills and a mountain of debt to show for their efforts. A recent report from Mcinsey in conjuction with found “Employers fret that too many college graduates arrive on the job without having acquired the skills and habits to succeed in the workplace.” Another study from researchers at Georgetown University shows that the economy will face a shortage of 5 million workers with the necessary education and training by 2020. Meanwhile, the rising cost of college and the debt many students and families are expected to incur are raising questions in some quarters about the value of college as an investment, even as critics take aim at the cost structures and traditional practices of colleges and universities in general. The education system needs to be overhauled to remove many of the general education requirements that currently burden students. historical backround The history of american colleges colleges has two parts. According to noted historian David Katz “early american college were more a place where one learned to become a gentleman, than a place of learning.” In fact Benjamin franklin reported that in his youth Harvard had already become a rich mans school, a place where wealthy parents sent their sons to learn nothing more than the social skills of gentlemen (Lucas 1994, p. 109). Due to these non acedemic goals, college consisted mostly of latin, hebrew, history and perhaps a little math. Little thought was put into things of actual relevance to a persons future. Students we... ... middle of paper ... ...ff Strohl Recovery:Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2020 Georgetown Public Policy Institute june 2013 Voice of the graduate Mckinsey and company May 2013 Christopher Lucas, American Higher Education: A history Palgrave Macmillan 1994 Peter Lattman, Obama Says Law School Should be Two, Not Three Years The New York Times Aug 23 2013 Lomar Alexander, Why College Shouldn't Take Four Years Newsweek 10/16/09 Doug Leterman, Politicians Praise and Pressure Colleges, Inside Higher Ed, 2/10/09 Mitt Romney, No Apology: The Case for American Greatness St Martins Press 2010 George Kellner, Higher Education and the New society,The Johns Hopkins University Press 2007
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