Wanted: Workers With Skills

Last month, the consulting firm Education Strategy Group presented a 75-page report to the Montgomery County School Board. The report detailed how this 161,300-student school system, Maryland’s largest, needed to alter its overall strategy and career emphasis because its current programs are not keeping pace with the rapidly changing world of work.

Career preparation “has been marginalized as a priority,” the report stated. The Montgomery County school system now puts most of its resources and energies into preparing students for college, presupposing that college is the only ticket to a good job.

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