Episode #79

Six-Year High School Answer for Tomorrow's Workers?

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Friday, October 25, 2013

In a visit to Brooklyn Friday, President Obama will honor the innovative new education model at the Pathways in Technology Early College High School, P-Tech for short. 

Students at the school earn a high school diploma and an associate's degree over six years. The Obama administration says efforts like P-Tech will prepare the next generation of tech workers for jobs at companies like IBM, which sponsors the school. 

This week on Money Talking, regular contributors Joe Nocera of the New York Times and Rana Foroohar of Time magazine discuss the promise of such schools, whether the president is right and what role business is playing in K-12 education. 

Looking ahead, Nocera talks about crowdfunding for startup companies and Foroohar discusses JPMorgan's $13 billion settlement with the Justice Department. 

Hosted by:

Charlie Herman

Produced by:

Daniel P. Tucker


Rana Foroohar and Joe Nocera

Comments [1]

Bruce William Smith from Irvine, California

Models like P-Tech are a positive development, but the mention of both a high school diploma and an associate's degree within four years reminds me of a major problem in American education that may also undercut this initiative: weak certification. America's high school diploma has already been classed by the National University of Singapore with the secondary school graduation certificates of Third World countries like Burma, the Philippines, and Myanmar -- the U.S.A. is the only developed country whose graduates are so disrespected -- and this initiative looks likely to further devalue an already beleaguered certificate; while the associate's is not regarded as a genuine tertiary degree within ISCED, the international system for classifying educational attainment, and there is no evidence provided to date that P-Tech's graduates (a non-existent class since the school is so new) can be regarded as being genuinely prepared for university.

Oct. 25 2013 01:25 PM

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