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Fresh paths to success

first_imgCall it the American fantasy. For years, people have believed that a college degree provided the only safe path to achieving middle-class security and a stable career, and the nation’s high schools have been shaped to fit the idea that all young people could and should go to college.The facts tell a different story: Only three in 10 young people earn a bachelor’s degree by their mid-20s, while more than 40 percent never even set foot on a community college or university campus. For the majority of young people who never earn a post-secondary degree, the American dream remains just that.The problem, three Harvard analysts say in a new report called “Pathways to Prosperity,” is that high schools don’t offer alternatives that prepare students to enter the working world, rather than four more years in a classroom. And while the new public education system they’re advocating — one that offers robust vocational and technical training programs alongside traditional college-prep schools — is a long way from broad reality, their vision is inspiring debate.“What we’re trying to do is cast a searchlight on the problem,” said Robert Schwartz, the Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration and faculty dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), who spent three years working on the report with Ron Ferguson, senior lecturer in education and public policy at the HGSE and the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), and Bill Symonds, a former BusinessWeek education reporter who now runs the Pathways to Prosperity Project at HSGE.“We’re trying to jump-start a more serious effort to bring together employers and educators from community colleges and high schools,” Schwartz said. “Employers in growing sectors are highly motivated to figure out how to get the workforce they need,” he said, “but there’s a huge social stigma attached to [vocational training] in America that we have to overcome.”The report is nothing if not timely. The recession hit teenagers and young adults the hardest; the percentage of Americans under 25 who have jobs is at its lowest level since the Great Depression.“The labor market has become a lot more unforgiving,” Symonds explained. “It’s becoming more and more difficult for young people to get meaningful work experience.”As part-time work dries up, the authors reason, students could benefit now more than ever from vocational training as part of the typical school day to learn the job skills they’ll need down the road.According to the report, 30 percent of jobs created over the next decade will require “some college” short of a four-year degree. These positions, in such fields as health care or construction, can offer entry into the middle class for those who are trained to fill them. Just as high schools encourage students to consider college, the authors write, they should also help prepare their graduates to enter apprenticeships, certificate programs, or community colleges that can teach those job skills.There are examples of vocational school success, as Symonds points out. In Massachusetts, students who attend vocational schools are now scoring higher on the MCAS and graduating at a higher rate than their peers in traditional high schools.“These schools work because we didn’t create them as a second-best option,” he said. “Some of these schools have waiting lists.”And of course, Europe has long made vocational training an option for students. American criticisms of the European system — namely, that it “tracks” students at a young age, based on their abilities — obscure the fact that it works, said Schwartz, who has worked with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on two studies comparing countries’ educational systems. European nations are outscoring America on international standardized tests, and employment rates for young people are higher.In Northern European countries, Schwartz said, 40 to 70 percent of students opt for vocational education over a college-prep curriculum. Even in Finland, a less socially stratified country that outlawed tracking in the 1990s, 43 percent of students choose vocational training.“We’ve relied on one institution, our higher education system, to get kids from high school into the workplace,” Schwartz said. “These other countries have built a parallel system, and I would argue that’s something we should be paying attention to. We have no serious alternative strategy.”Reactions to “Pathways,” which was released Feb. 1, have been mixed but rarely muted. A Washington Post education columnist called it “dreamy nonsense”; NPR’s “On Point” devoted an hour to the report.“The first few emails I got were negative — people accusing us of trying to deny college to disadvantaged students,” Ferguson said. “That was quickly eclipsed by people really thanking us for raising the issue. The college-for-all movement has been so strong that people who think we need more than just college for all have been afraid to speak up.”Symonds has received invitations from 18 states to address local school districts, community college presidents, state legislatures, and other groups, from as far away as Alaska and Hawaii.Even the White House has paid attention. President Obama has long made improving community colleges, which provide the bulk of America’s technical training, a pillar of his higher education policy. But the administration is now considering the importance of career and technical education at the high-school level in preparing students for jobs.Arne Duncan, Obama’s secretary of education, called the report “absolutely pressing,” and the newly formed White House Council for Community Solutions has asked for a briefing on “Pathways.” In fact, when President Obama came to Boston last month he made a visit to TechBoston Academy, a high-performing pilot school for at-risk students that offers its students vocational training for careers in technology.But to Ferguson, director of the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard, promoting alternative educational paths is more than just smart policy. It should be a “social movement,” he said, to help students from all backgrounds succeed in work and life, especially poor minority students — a rapidly growing population that is most frequently left behind in traditional high schools.“We’ve got to persuade people across society that unless we pay more attention to adolescence, we’re headed toward having a fragmented society that is divided by race and social class,” Ferguson said. “We don’t claim to know how to fix everything in the report. But we’re already in trouble, and if we don’t do something, things are only going to get worse.”last_img read more


Presque Isle Close to Being Back to Full Power after Outages

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisPresque Isle- Presque Isle Gas and Electric has been working around the clock to restore power to the area.They currently only have 5 more outages to restore. Power went down on Tuesday morning and it has been a struggle to get full power restored due to high winds and snowy conditions. Some residents have not had power for 3-4 days.The area should have full restoration by the end of the weekend.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Sanctuary Superintendent Jumps into Freezing River for a Good CauseNext APS Selects Construction Management Company for Facility Needs Assessmentlast_img read more


People can also submit printable brackets for Pigshack/Sumner Newscow contest

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Several people are complaining about not being able to get on the online for our contest. So in order to make it easier, people can submit a printable bracket to Sumner Newscow by mail.Just print off a bracket here: http://www.cbssports.com/images/collegebasketball/ncaa-tournament/brackets/printable/cbs-sports-2013.pdf or any NCAA tournament bracket and send it to us by mail at Sumner Newscow, P.O. Box 755, Wellington, Kans. 67152. Just have the bracket postmarked by this Thursday.Remember, we strongly encourage you to register your bracket online at yahoo.com here. This allows you to keep up with what your competition is doing. We’ll tally the mail in votes. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more



first_imgLETTERKENNY AC’s Ivan Toner picked up yet another 5k title this evening, taking the tape at Raphoe Family Resource Centre 5k.But where did you come?All the results are below:  Raphoe 5K15th July 2014PositionRace NumberTimeNameCategoryClub154216.04Ivan TonerSMLetterkenny AC267518.05James CrossanSMLifford AC357718.11Zachary McGowanJMDerry City Track Club463718.39Martin GormleyM40Letterkenny AC558518.49Conor CallaghanSMKillygordon Crossroads Running654519.22Maura KearnsSWDonore Harriers AC756319.27John TaylorM50858019.31Martin DunleavyM40Finn Valley AC960419.40Karol McGinleyJM1058619.52Shaun BoyceM401168120.02Patrick SweeneyJMLifford AC1261620.04James StevensonSMLifford AC1367420.08Francis GildeaSM1456920.09Michael McGowanSMFoyle Valley AC1552720.10Zak BrollyJMRaphoe Road Runners1664420.12Cathal MorrisonM401767620.15Denis BonerM40Rosses AC1859120.17Liam McHughM50Finn Valley AC1958120.19Seamus McCallionM50Foyle Valley AC2058420.19Eoghan McGillSMKillygordon Crossroads Running2158220.21Adrian McHughM402260620.22Breda McGintySW2354320.24Jane McGinleySWLetterkenny AC2454720.26Dominic CarlinM40Lifford AC2555920.27Sean O LearyM50Finn Valley AC2654820.30Aaron MooreSMLifford AC2762820.42Liam ClearyM40Lifford Fit4life2858820.42Philip KellySMLifford AC2964220.51Kevin GreenanM503059620.54Garrett McCarronSMLifford AC3154920.58Gerard CampbellM40Lifford AC3252521.00John SweeneySMRaphoe Road Runners3364321.01Lorcan PageSM3457621.11Martin MaileySMConvoy AC3567021.11Eimear GallenW40Finn Valley AC3657921.15Gabriel McCrossanM50Letterkenny AC3762021.17Ton BangertM603866221.25Garret McDermottSM3966121.27Sabrina MackeyW4024/7 Letterkenny Triathlon Club4061821.28Seamus NallenSM24/7 Letterkenny Triathlon Club4154021.28David McNultySM4255721.37Damian MurphySM4356221.49Patrick McNultySM24/7 Letterkenny Triathlon Club4459021.59Patrick McDaidM40Lifford Fit4life4555522.09Patrick Foxy MartinM404657022.10Paul McNameeM40Lifford AC4753222.10Andrew LeightonM404854422.12Sam FaulknerSM4965022.17John McElwaineSMLifford AC5055822.18Mary HippsleyW45Finn Valley AC5154122.22Camilla McGranaghanSWCity of Derry Spartans5253722.27Laura MaguireW455361422.28Caroline McGuireW45Finn Valley AC5457822.30John HughesM505553122.31Eugene McGinleyM40Raphoe Road Runners5666622.35Ciara CrossanJW5756822.36Jackie HarveyW50Tír Chónaill AC5864122.37William DohertySMOwen Roes5960322.38Eugene McGinleyM406063822.40Eimear GormleySWLetterkenny AC6154622.49Luke NelisSMRaphoe Road Runners6257522.50Gerard BaxterSMRaphoe Road Runners6362522.57Don SmithM50Convoy AC6463023.03David WilsonSMDrumoghill Running Club6556723.04Vera HaugheyW50Tír Chónaill AC6658323.05Patsy McHughM406750323.08Joe GallenM50Lifford Fit4life6860523.16Gráinne HoustonSW6955023.16Darren ReidM40Lifford AC7060823.24Joe McNultySM7156423.25Gloria DonagheyW50Finn Valley AC7251623.26Michael Mc GlincheyM40Unattached7361723.27Clare MolloySW7464723.30John PorterSM7561523.32Jonny StewartSM7666323.32Denise McGahernW40Finn Valley Fit4Life7753423.35Jordan PageJM7851923.54Rachel BellSWRaphoe Road Runners7966424.00Marie McColganW40Finn Valley Fit4Life8065924.01Noel McNultyM50Lifford AC8162624.07Niall McGlincheyM40Convoy AC8253624.16Philip ConnollyM60Letterkenny AC8356124.20Brian DuffySM8463124.25Kevin HeffernanM40Lifford Fit4life8553324.28Fiona DeeneySWRaphoe Road Runners8662924.43Jonathan WilsonSMDrumoghill Running Club8758924.55Damien CaldwellM40Lifford Fit4life8851124.57Kathy Ann GibsonSWUnattached8961125.03Ray PorterSMD&G Group Training9067125.03Josephine DonagheySW9167325.22Eileen MorningW409257425.22Lisa KilpatrickSWRaphoe Road Runners9362125.24Marjan BangertW509460925.30Catherine McDevittSW9552625.30Corey BrollyJMRaphoe Road Runners9659825.32Terence QuinnM509751325.35Linda Mc BethSWRaphoe Road Runners9857125.39Bríd McConnellSWRaphoe Road Runners9957225.39Eamonn McConnellM40Castlefinn Running10052225.50Grace O DonnellSWUnited Health Group10159725.52Raj MehanSMRaphoe Road Runners10262326.21Joe BreslinM50Lifford Fit4life10352126.24Ian CrawfordSMUnited Health Group10463226.25Jim HynesM6010563926.27Lynn ParkeSWConvoy AC10661026.30Lorna GoudieSWD&G Group Training10755626.30Anthony LairdM50Raphoe Road Runners10862426.33Brid McCaffreyW45Convoy AC10966526.34Kerry RowanW40Finn Valley Fit4Life11066026.38Rose LynchSW11161926.38Majella McHughW40Drumoghill Running Club11253826.41Amanda HeeneyW4011356526.45Nicole MartinJWLifford AC11455127.13Bredge KellyW4011553527.14Enda SlevinSMRaphoe Road Runners11664027.16Shauna CoyleSWRaphoe Road Runners11752027.19Elaine ParkeSWUnited Health Group11852327.20Veronica KilpatrickW40United Health Group11958727.46Sinéad BoyceSWFinn Valley Fit4Life12067227.56Damian MonaghanM40Lifford AC12159427.57Samantha BovairdSW12250828.01Louise GoudieSWUnattached12368028.01Alice LynchW45Lifford AC12463328.03Yvonne CairnsW45Lifford AC12568328.18Andrea McGowanSWFinn Valley Fit4Life12662228.24Kay BonnerW50Convoy AC12750728.29Caroline Mc CurdyW45Lifford AC12863628.32Audrey ParkeSW12951028.35Melanie PearsonSWUnattached13065728.36Grannia McElhinneySW13164828.43Vause CoyleSMD&G Group Training13259928.47Gabriel ClarkeM50Lifford AC13363429.09Clement ClarkeM50Lifford Fit4life13450129.21Mary Mc GranaghanW40Raphoe Road Runners13552829.21Paul BrollyM40Raphoe Road Runners13666929.35Gary LynchJM13764929.49Olivia DullaghanSWKillygordon Crossroads Running13850929.54Rosalind NelisSWRaphoe Road Runners13951430.02Emma ConnaghanSWCastlefinn Running14056630.04Hannah McGettiganJWLifford AC14161230.08Bobby GoudieJMD&G Group Training14251530.09Tracy MatthewsonSWCastlefinn Running14365230.12Rory CraigJM14456030.19Masoud BakinM4014550630.19Aiden GallenJMUnattached14662730.26Lauren BovairdSW14763530.37Roisin McBreartySW14851230.39Ciara O’FlanaganW40Raphoe Road Runners14955230.42Leanne QuinnSW15055330.42Ashleen TempleSW15166830.51Rosaleen LynchW4015252431.08Naomi DarraghSW15360231.39Mark BonnerJMDrumoghill Running Club15459331.43Sinead McGranaghanW40Killygordon Crossroads Running15559232.06Eleanor McHughW4515660032.10Kate MullenW45Lifford Fit4life15760132.43Josephine DugganW50Drumoghill Running Club15865832.48Frances SpencerSW15953932.57Christine McCormickSW16060733.40Nuala AllanW50Raphoe Road Runners16165533.55Carole McGlincheySW16265933.55Noel McNultyM50Lifford AC16355434.21Richard KellyM60Derry City Track Club16457334.44Neil MeehanM40Lifford AC16561339.10Abby GoudieJWD&G Group Training16651739.10Laura Mc NultySWUnattached16751839.10Rhonda StrainSWUnattached16867740.37Lynette BarnettSW16967840.40Jean LairdW4017065142.35Liz McCarronW5017165342.35Catherine CraigW5017252945.00Veronica GibsonW4017353045.01T.J. GibJM17464647.41Joann DarraghSW17564547.42Laura DarraghJW17666756.17Sinead KellyW4017759556.18Harriet KilpatrickW50RESULTS: WHERE DID YOU COME IN THE RAPHOE COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTRE 5K? was last modified: July 15th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2014Ivan TonerRaphoe 5kResultslast_img read more