'When Will I Ever Use This?' Parents, Students Say Schools Missing the Mark on Career Readiness
New polls find big support for earlier exposure to career options and new government programs to solve “serious” student debt crisis
Asked if schools are “doing enough to prepare students for a career after graduation,” 60% of students and 53% of parents said no. And only a quarter of students said they were “very confident” they would be able to find a job that pays enough to support them after graduation.
“Alarm bells are ringing loud and clear – the legacy education system is failing to meet the needs of modern students headed to a changing workforce,” said Dr.
Huge majorities – 94% of students and 92% of parents – agreed that offering more opportunities to earn college credits in high school would help with the student debt crisis. Respondents similarly supported offering students more exposure to future career opportunities. Four in five surveyed parents agreed that schools that can’t afford comprehensive career and technical education should partner with online learning providers to close the gap.
“Today’s young people are the most connected and informed generation history has ever seen,” said
In addition to their thoughts on what is – or isn’t – happening inside the classroom, U.S. families are concerned about how to pay for what comes after graduation. The majority of students and parents believe student debt in
- 59% of parents said they would be willing to pay more in taxes to fund new government programs to cancel individual student loan debts. 63% supported higher taxes to fund tuition-free college.
- Even 44% of self-identified Republicans said they would be willing to pay more in taxes to cancel student loans. Similar percentages expressed support for a tuition-free college plan.
“Just as our last survey found parenthood trumps partisanship when it comes to issues of educational choice and innovation, this survey shows a surprising willingness for self-sacrifice to lift the massive burden of debt weighing down a generation of recent college attendees,” said Dr. McAlmont.
The parent poll was conducted by Morning Consult between
The student survey was conducted by Tallo through its online platform of more than 500,000 active student users. The survey respondents comprised more than 700 students in high school or college.
Tallo (formerly STEM Premier) is the first online app that assists students in designing a career pathway, educators in recruiting top talent to their schools, and employers in developing a stable, continuous talent pipeline. Through a mobile digital portfolio, students (age 13+) and professionals showcase their skills and abilities, receive personalized career guidance, match with over