The New Working Class

November 29, 2005 1 min read

So you’ve got an education—but what about a job? Starting in 2006, high school freshmen in South Carolina will be required to select and take classes in a career major.

School officials believe the “career-preparation initiative” will better prepare students to participate in South Carolina’s changing economy and serve as a model for other states facing similar challenges.

Should American high schools focus more on preparing students to compete in the global economy, pushing for career-oriented programs in technology and research? Or would vocational education limit young students’ choices and ability to compete in the long run?

A version of this news article first appeared in the TalkBack blog.