Why S.C. must produce career-ready, critical-thinking students

June 5, 2019 | Greenville News

In his 2019 State of the State speech, Gov. Henry McMaster called South Carolina “red hot,” and reiterated the need for more skilled workers to fill open positions. The solution to this problem starts in the classroom, where we should be focusing on teaching students the skills they need to be career ready.

Historically, a high school’s focus has been to teach students core classes, show them best practices for studying and test taking, and help them get into college. It was then on the shoulders of post-secondary schools to tell students how to excel in their chosen career fields. Meanwhile, career technical education (CTE) classes were elective, viewed as an entertaining escape from core curricula.

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