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Middlebury College has decided to join the ranks of the few schools that offer a quicker route to a formal degree.
The College Board and the National Association of College Admission Counselors have issued a progress report on an effort to improve the quality of career- and college-guidance services in nine school districts.
I recently shopped at an elegant department store. My trip was informative. It reminded me of a valuable, low-cost, semi-disregarded school innovation. The incident, and its education parallels, can be instructive. It may even stimulate some readers to carry out appropriate changes in schools and classrooms. What I mean by "appropriate" will follow. But, first, let us examine my shopping discovery.
We are all familiar with the conventional wisdom: U.S. international competitiveness has declined because our young people lack workplace skills. The solution: Provide these youngsters with a demanding curriculum, increase job training, and require tough tests. The result: We will improve our schools, produce a well-trained workforce, and, at the same time, revive failing industries.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CME Group Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations. Additional grants in support of Editorial Projects in Education’s data journalism and video capacity come from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Schott Foundation for Public Education. (Updated 1/1/2017)

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