Slowly and steadily, American educators have become more encouraging of disadvantaged students with hidden potential. I have reported on many high school teachers who regularly show young people how to get into college and prepare for great futures.
But just being in college isn’t enough. A new study by the nonprofit Strada Education Network reveals that for many surprising reasons students who have the motivation and intellect to do well are still receiving too little guidance on what courses they need to succeed.
The report by Strada in partnership with the Lumina Foundation is “Bridge Builders: How Intermediaries Can Connect Education and Work in a Postpandemic World.” It offers examples both here and abroad of programs that ensure colleges are teaching the precise skills and concepts employers want.