600 - Where High School is Falling Short

Episode: 600

Episode Title: Where High School is Falling Short

A new study by the Gates Foundation uncovered what many young people regret about their high school experience. Details next on The Perna Syndicate.


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This is The Perna Syndicate—thanks for tuning in! The Gates Foundation recently released a study of almost 1700 people, ages 18 to 30, who either never went to college or dropped out. They wanted to find out what drove that decision and what young people are choosing instead. 


Next week we’ll dive into all the college-specific data, but there was a fascinating section about high school and its role in preparing students for life after graduation. 


Sadly, many of the respondents felt that high school had failed them. Half reported that high school taught them how to get into college, but not the skills they needed to thrive once they were there. 


When asked how well college had prepared them for the next step of their life, 30% said extremely or very well, 31% said somewhat well, 22% said not too well, and 16% said not well at all. 


Respondents also talked about the life skills they wish high school had imparted, such as how to do taxes, maintain and establish good credit, and get and keep a job. 


Perhaps most telling, respondents wished they had received customized guidance on what route they should take after graduation, instead of just defaulting to college. What they really wanted was education with purpose—their purpose. Because that’s the only one that will motivate them to move forward, toward a goal that matters to them. 


Next week on The Perna Syndicate, we’re going to share what this study uncovered about the shifting education landscape. It’s going to be great—thanks for tuning in, and we’ll see you then!

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