Deloitte 2009 Education Survey shows a “disconnect” between what students and parents want from high school and what teachers believe is their responsibility.
Preparing students for college is the primary mission of high school, say 42 percent of low-income parents and 48 percent of low-income students. But teachers’ top priorities are different:
Help students master the subject you teach: 38%
Teach students basic life skills: 30%
Ensure students graduate high school: 10%
Prepare students for success in college: 9%
Ensure students pass required exams: 7%
Prepare students for the workforce: 6%
I’m not surprised that many teachers feel their job is to teach their subject, but look how many put “basic life skills” above preparation for college or graduation.
While 70 percent of students say they “definitely” will attend college, only 27 percent feel “very prepared” to handle college courses. And that may be an overstatement.