Accounting firm Deloitte released a new survey this week on education contrasting the views of parents and teachers on the role of high schools.
According to the Deloitte 2009 Education Survey: “We are failing our low-income students. Too few are graduating high school. Too few feel prepared for college. And too few educators seem focused on this situation.”
The survey found:
- Only 9 percent of high school teachers think that preparing students for college is their primary mission.
- Only 10 percent of high school teachers think that ensuring students graduate is their primary mission.
- But nearly half of all parents and students believe that college preparation is their high school’s primary mission.
-Sixty percent of teachers said it was important to them personally that the students from their high school attend college. Thirty-six percent said it was “somewhat important.”
In a statement, Deloitte CEO Barry Salzberg said:
What parents and students surveyed want from high school is at odds with what we’ve been asking our high schools to do for close to 100 years. Redefining the mission of high school is an important next step for building a 21st Century workforce. We need to create a strong college-going culture which ensures high school is viewed not as the end game, but as preparation for post-secondary education and career success.
The study concludes that:
Overall, the results speak to the need to reshape the mindset among educators so that they view high school as a launch pad
to post secondary education and career success, and not solely as
In achieving that we must re-evaluate the way we measure our teachers and schools and the way we view success. We must move away from focusing solely on state tests and other immediate metrics and apply a longer term view that aims at providing our high schools students with real learning that is applicable to college courses and even further down the line in the workforce.
I assume many teachers here will agree with the latter paragraph and disagree with the former. Am I right?