College is Not for Everyone

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ScarecrowEducation, Jan 1, 2005 - Education - 87 pages
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An emphasis among educational policymakers to stress college for all students is neglecting the hopes and aspirations of millions of young people currently in school who either lack interest in academics or the inability to succeed in a more rigorous curriculum. The rationale given for "college for everyone" is that current employers and jobs require more academics and a college education. This book attempts to demonstrate that this is not the case. The author uses statistical data and current research to prove that most jobs in the U.S. today do not require a college education or high academic skills. Lou Rosen accuses current educational policy makers as being elitist and making policies that emphasize an "educate the best and shoot the rest" philosophy. College Is Not For Everyone: .Provides insight into current pressures being brought by many national and state legislators on school policies and curriculum .Provides factual information and research related to the success of schools and their contribution to the economy .Defends the right of students to not go to college if that is their choice .Makes the case for returning vocational programs to schools and community colleges .Provides interesting data on the number of special education students in the U.S. and ways in which school dropout data is being manipulated by school districts and state departments of education This book will be a valuable resource for teachers, school administrators, school board members, state legislators, researchers, and parents."

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Louis Rosen is the executive director of the School Justice Institute, a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting fairness in schools and school district policies. He was a high school principal in the Los Angeles area for 19 years and for 10 years, he administered large federal programs in substance abuse and violence prevention in schools.

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