Is College Worth the Price?
High-Paying Trade Jobs Sit Empty, While High School Grads Line Up For University
Showing Students College Isn't the Only Option for Success
Additional resources to think about
Why High School Students Need More Than College Prep
A clip from All Things Considered that talks about why an Oregon high school offers 40 vocational courses.
University: Does a Degree Pay?
This video from The Economist examines how the increase in college degrees has impacted wages.
Making the Future: Ian
Ian Mannings is a high school senior who has the best of both worlds awaiting him once he graduates: A full time job at a company that will also pay his tuition at Goodwin College.
Trade Jobs or College Degrees?
This PBS NewsHour video from the Student Reporting Labs shows how one high school exposes students to workforce training and academic subjects.
Should more kids skip college for workforce training?
Of all the U.S. high school students who graduate high school and go on to college, a large proportion will never earn their degree. How can educators better train those who may struggle in trying to pick a course of study?
Who created this message?
- What kind of “text” is it?
- How similar or different is it to others of the same genre?
- What are the various elements (building blocks) that make up the whole?
What creative techniques are used to attract my attention?
- What do you notice (about the way the message is constructed)?
- What’s the emotional appeal?
- What makes it seem “real?”
- What's the emotional appeal? Persuasive devices used?
How might different people understand this message differently from me?
- How many other interpretations could there be?
- How could we hear about them?
- How can you explain the different responses?
What lifestyles, values, and points of view are represented in, or omitted from, this message?
- What type of person is the reader/watcher/listener invited to identify with?
- What ideas or perspectives are left out?
- How would you find what’s missing?
- What judgments or statements are made about how we treat other people?
Why is this message being sent?
- What's being sold in this message? What's being told?
- Who is served by or benefits from the message
– the public?
– private interests?
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