What exactly does ‘career-ready’ mean?

I just had an interesting experience.  I was reading this Education Week article discussing how high school graduation rates are up when I received an email from a colleague with a link to this CNN opinion piece arguing that college is a waste of time.  So, here I am reading a rather straight forward piece describing the nation’s push to ensure high school graduates are college and career-ready and discussing the broader implications of high school graduation rates (a more educated population leads to a stronger 21st century global workforce, etc.).  Nothing new.  However, when juxtaposed with the second article, some interesting thoughts come to mind.  What exactly does it mean for a high school graduate to be ‘career-ready’?  Past dialogues have defined ‘career-ready’ as ready to enter technical or trade occupations but this CNN piece pushes the notion, shifting the bar – perhaps ‘career-ready’ means something much different for the ‘new’ high school graduate.  Interesting stuff.

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