From entry-level to executive, today’s jobs demand digital literacy

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It’s no secret that American workplaces are becoming more reliant on technology.

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Opinion: These high schools were the pride of their communities — and they can be again

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The American high school has played a storied, unappreciated role in our nation’s success. Through much of the last century, it served as a driver of individual mobility, economic growth, and social cohesion. The provision of universal public high schooling provided an avenue of advancement for families of modest means and over time, impoverished and discriminated communities.

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How a hands-on high school veterinary program is enriching Navajo students

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Kids don't learn unless they get a little dirty. That's the philosophy of the man who runs the career and technical education program at Monument Valley High School in Kayenta, Arizona, where students from the Navajo Nation get hands-on instruction in caring for animals. Special correspondent Lisa Stark of Education Week reports on how the program prepares students for careers, college and more.

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Colleges and businesses team up to fill demand for skilled workers

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David Andy went to college after graduating from high school, spent his first two semesters drifting through introductory classes, then had to pick a major. That was when he had an unfortunate epiphany: He had no idea what he was doing there.

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Colleges face pressure to answer a basic question: What are students learning?

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Students have returned to college campuses this fall with fresh possibilities ahead of them. So how much will they really learn? That’s a seemingly obvious question some universities and colleges are struggling to answer — and, in some cases, trying to avoid.

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Getting young adults out of their comfort zone can reveal what they really care about

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For today's high school students, perfect records are valued more than authentic exploration, says Abby Falik. But the founder of the nonprofit Global Citizen Year sees firsthand the benefit of taking kids out of their comfort zone by giving them a gap year in an international setting. Falk offers her Brief but Spectacular take on preparing a new generation of leaders

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The pros and cons of schools ditching a long summer break

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About 4 percent in the U.S. use a "balanced" calendar that operates year-round, sometimes to manage overcrowding but also to boost student achievement with more consistent education. Special correspondent Lisa Stark of Education Week reports on the pros and cons for students, families and schools.

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Why community colleges can’t ignore the needs of part-time students

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DALLAS — A new report shows that part-time student success in community colleges is key to closing achievement gaps for minority students, according to EAB, a research and technology services company in Washington, D.C.

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To Focus On Students' Emotional Well-Being, India Tries 'Happiness Classes'

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The Delhi government introduced "happiness classes" in an effort to shift the country's academic focus from student achievement to emotional well-being. In a country that uses standardized testing to determine student success, offers a limited number of seats in top universities and sets high expectations, educators have been seeing mental health consequences.

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Today’s kids start lemonade stands with a business plan

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It's the American summertime symbol of entrepreneurship: the lemonade stand. It might evoke nostalgic visions, but today nonprofits are using these rites of childhood to nurture budding business skills and entrepreneurial thinking.

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This teen-led food co-op is harvesting a healthier future

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In many urban areas across the country, the lack of access to fresh fruits and vegetables is a common problem. As part of the PBS NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs, Kevin Broome reports that a cooperative of high school students in Washington, D.C., is aiming to change that.

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For these students, boat building is a vessel for healing

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In PBS NewsHour Shares, a unique program that teaches urban youth how to build boats also grows their communication skills and self-confidence. Part of PBS Student Reporting Labs, Anthony Rivera of the U School in Philadelphia reports.

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How to educate Americans for jobs? Ask the Germans, employers urge

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This year, more than a million students will graduate from high school, and most will go on to college. It ought to be something to celebrate, but, in fact, nearly 40 percent of those who go to four-year colleges and some 70 percent of students at community college will never earn their degree.

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Filling in this perception gap can help low-income students succeed

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For many students at LaGuardia Community College in New York, making it from the first day of school to graduation is a struggle. And they’re not alone. Part of this national problem? We don't have a good idea of who's going to college, and the ways their complex lives and extra costs can trip them up. Hari Sreenivasan reports as part of our series Rethinking College.

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Economists Say Millennials Should Consider Careers In Trades

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Millions of good-paying jobs are opening up in the trades. And some pay better than what the average college graduate makes.

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