Teaching, Learning, and Educational Leadership

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Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

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Book Chapter

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The elementary and secondary education system was created in the early 1900s to serve a different time when people had different needs. Although the idea of human capital is as old as education itself, the concept of college readiness was hardly a concern when access to college was limited to a relatively few privileged individuals who had the wherewithal to attend. Illiteracy was seen as the state’s educational problem. There was no concern that high school graduation rates were too low at a time when very few jobs required knowledge workers.

Book Title

Meet Me at the Commons: A Field Guide to the Common Core Standards in Higher Education