High School Is Not Enough is a salient and actionable guide giving readers the tools to help students, and students the ability to themselves, prepare for a world that is changing rapidly.
- An insider’s view of higher education and training is given so students, parents and others are aware of what awaits them after high school.
- Questions are offered to help students determine what is important to them in their lives and what skills they will need to pursue the careers and jobs they desire.
- Strategies for decision making are offered to help students determine where they have the best possible opportunity to succeed.
- Tools and tips for saving time, money and energy are included to assure that students have the ability to get the education and training needed for this ever changing world.
Challenging many of today’s attitudes and messages about what students need to do after high school, Dr. Branch emphasizes that college admissions should not be the standard for success by which students are judged. Rather, as New York Times Columnist and Pulitzer Prize winning author, Thomas Friedman states,
“The truth is, if you want a decent job that will lead to a decent life today, then you have to work harder, regularly reinvent yourself, obtain at least some form of postsecondary education, make sure that you’re engaged in lifelong learning and play by the rules…..we terribly mislead people by saying otherwise.”
However, the unfortunate truth is that never before have so many U.S. students failed to get what is needed to prepare for today’s jobs and careers, much less tomorrow’s.
Public education cannot be counted on to prepare students to pass college-level courses.
Getting admitted into college no longer makes success a slam dunk.
More and more students are taking longer to complete career and job preparation programs.
Too many do not complete their studies or training at all.
Worse, too many students are finding themselves in substantial debt or having used their financial assistance without getting the preparation needed for the jobs and careers they desire.
“In the past, those who did not continue their education or training after high school could always find a job that supported them and their families. And those who did continue could always count on that additional education and training to be the pathway for improving their lives. Today’s students have neither of those guarantees,”’ R. Wayne Branch, PhD, writes.
While the world moves at breakneck speed, it is increasingly the responsibility of students themselves, and those who care about them, to make sure they get the education and training required for a world demanding they are better prepared.
High School Is Not Enough is a must read for anyone interested in making sure students are ready to continue their education and training after high school.