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Ready for 21st Century Careers Choicework guide

Whether they’re planning to attend a four-year university, a two-year degree program or enter an on-the-job training program, today’s students will be living in a world of rapid technological change where more and more good jobs and promising careers will require a solid background in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). From nursing to auto mechanics to marketing, workers will need a greater mastery of these subjects than ever before. Even many jobs that do not directly involve STEM will require the kinds of analytic skills that these subjects help students to develop. This 2005 Public Agenda Choicework guide explores the questions: How can we change these trends and make sure that all students who graduate from our high schools have the STEM education they’ll need?

Based on decades of research and experience concerning how average citizens think and talk about issues, Public Agenda’s Choicework Discussion Starters are designed to help groups and communities talk productively about public problems. Public Agenda’s Choicework guides and Discussion Starters outline several different approaches to solving specific public policy problems, along with the pros, cons and trade-offs of each choice. They use everyday language, not professional jargon, and focus on the kinds of concerns and values that non-experts can readily understand.

Resource Link: http://www.publicagenda.org/files/pdf/choiceworkfor21stcenturycareers.pdf

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