I thought it was a little ironic that the last place I went to search for information on the common core state standards was the common core state standards website. As I was skimming this page for anything relevant to the workforce I found something interesting. The common core state standards are not intended to prepare high school graduates for a career; rather they are
intended to prepare students for workforce readiness training. From my understanding, the makers of common core expect all high school graduates to continue their education, whether it’s through a college like NYU or Rutgers or through schools like Anthem or Star institutes. This is a very optimistic point of view and though I appreciate it I think it is very unrealistic.
Career training or workforce readiness schools are not free, and in most cases they can be just
as expensive as attending college and I don’t think they offer scholarships and grants. The reality of that is a poor kid who just graduated from high school can’t afford to go to these schools, and they are going to be looking for an actual job. The young ladies and you men who graduate high school and already have a child or children may want to attend these schools but the reality is they have bigger responsibilities and need to a job immediately. Then there are the students who just want to make enough money to move out of their parents’ home, there are many reasons why students choose to jump right into the workforce rather than continuing their schooling. With this being common knowledge I think it is important for something to be put into place for these students, to prepare for the workforce and not workforce readiness training.