“Unfortunately, the message we’re sending to our children is that they have to go to a four-year college. … Our focus has been too narrow. We’ve focused too much on the academic approach to learning. We need a broader, more holistic approach to learning if we’re going to prepare students to lead successful lives.”
… (In this regard) we’re an outlier in education. A lot more countries are taking a more holistic approach.”
— Harvard’s Bill Symonds in a talk this morning with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system officials, in which he advocates more vocational-technical education, hands-on training and apprenticeships, and deeper support for community colleges.