The fate of 24 children in a typical elementary school class in the U.S.
- Seven drop out before HS graduation
- Five go from HS to work (with 22% of those pursuing training)
- Six do not graduate from college
- Three do not find college-level jobs
- Three find jobs requiring their baccalaureate degree education
In percentages, 30 percent drop out. Half of the 24 go to college, but only half of those graduate (BA/BS). Six of the 24 do graduate from college, but only three of those six find jobs upon graduation worthy of their education, meaning only 12.5 percent “win” the pursuit of baccalaureate education.
From the presentation to the fall 2005 conference of National Association of State Directors of Career & Technical Education (NASDCTEc) in Harrisburg, Pa., by Ken Gray, Ph.D., now-retired professor of Workforce Development & Education at Penn State.