Quoting from an NBC News Report:
Just a quarter of this year's high school graduates who took the ACT tests have the reading, math, English and science skills they need to succeed in college or a career, according to the testing company.As the report notes, this information comes from the non-profit educational research organization, ACT. You can read the dismal report here. It borders on the criminal.
The numbers are even worse for black high school graduates: Only 5 percent are fully ready for life after high school.
Then again, maybe there are better things to do with one's time than prepare for a traditional college education:
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that only 20 percent of U.S. jobs require a bachelor's degree or more. About another 10 percent require some post-high school instruction, including an associate's degree. Against this need, the United States is already producing a workforce with about 30 percent holding a bachelor's degree and another 10 percent with an associate's degree.
The BLS breakdown for 2010 shows: 3.1 percent of jobs required a professional degree (law, medicine) or a Ph.D.; 1.4 percent, a master's degree; 15.5 percent, a bachelor's degree; 5.6 percent, an associate's degree; and 5.2 percent, some schooling beyond high school, including some college.And . . .
With an increase in the number of bachelor's degrees comes a decline in their value. This will have adverse effects on the future of colleges because many students may decide to opt out of higher education altogether.More here from the American Thinker.
The good news is that there are an increasing number of alternatives to the traditional college. With more online education and independent certification of competencies, people will be evaluated on the basis of their actual knowledge and skills and not on their paper credentials. [What a novel idea.] Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban encourages students to take online courses. He says, "I want the best and brightest, not a piece of paper."