Other Ways to Win: Creating Alternatives for High School Graduates / Edition 3

Other Ways to Win: Creating Alternatives for High School Graduates / Edition 3

by Kenneth Carter Gray
     
 

High school students in the "academic middle" are at a great disadvantage when graduation time comes. In terms of traditional career paths, their futures aren't bright. Today's labor market is uncertain and difficult. Tuition costs for traditional 4-year colleges have soared out of reach for many students. And the academic records of these students will greatly limit… See more details below

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High school students in the "academic middle" are at a great disadvantage when graduation time comes. In terms of traditional career paths, their futures aren't bright. Today's labor market is uncertain and difficult. Tuition costs for traditional 4-year colleges have soared out of reach for many students. And the academic records of these students will greatly limit their likelihood of acceptance and, therefore, their options for further education. But there are promising alternatives. And that's the good-news message from authors Gray and Herr. This timely book explores the choices available to students beyond traditional 4-year colleges, options that carry a much higher probability of success and are more accessible for students in the academic middle. The authors discuss the long-held "one way to win" theory and analyze why it is no longer working. Using information gained by studying the experiences of secondary and postsecondary students, Gray and Herr document the clear and immediate need to help students regain control of their futures. They explain the importance of learning relevant occupational skills and explore alternative avenues for training, such as 1- and 2-year postsecondary technical institutions and work-based programs sponsored by employers and employee groups. Other Ways to Win presents three major steps that schools or districts can take to modify school programs in order to create viable options for students. It shows specific strategies designed to involve teachers, parents, and students in the process of better preparing students for graduation and for the workplace. All students, regardless of their academic or financial backgrounds, deserve the opportunity to succeed. This resource can help make it happen. Every principal, every guidance counselor, and every school reference library should have at least one copy of this indispensable book.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412917810
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Pt. IThe One Way to Win Mentality
1Rescuing a Generation Adrift3
2Recognizing the Forces Behind One Way to Win20
3Limited Options for Special Populations37
Pt. IICounting the Losers in the One Way to Win Game
4Preparing High School Graduates: Questionable Academics and Second-Class Status49
5Winners and Losers in the One Way to Win Game65
6Who Cares? The Politics of Average Students81
Pt. IIICreating Other Ways to Win
7The High Skill/High Wage Rationale95
8Step 1: Providing Systematic Career Guidance for Students and Structured Feedback for Parents111
9Step 2: Redesigning College Prep for All Students128
10Step 3: Ensuring Equal Status and Focused Academics147
11Bringing "Average Students" to Excellence166
References179
Index185

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