High schools got so-so marks from most 18- to 24-year-olds in an AP-Viacom poll: Only 42 percent were strongly satisfied with their high school education, while a fifth were unsatisfied. College students and graduates were much happier with their education: 59 percent were “very” or “extremely” satisfied.
While most were satisfied with college-prep classes, they said high school counselors didn’t help them choose the right college or vocational school or find college aid. And high school students got little guidance in choosing a career or field of study, they said.
While nearly two-thirds want to get at least a four-year degree, about half will not reach that goal, AP notes. Only a third of today’s 25- to 34-year-olds have earned a bachelor’s degree and less than 10 percent get an associate’s degree.
So getting students ready for work remains central to high schools’ mission. And most young people say their school didn’t do a good job of preparing them for work or helping them choose a future career. They also give high schools low marks on exposing them to the latest technology in their field and helping them get work experience, according to the poll conducted in partnership with Stanford University.
A strong majority of college students and recent graduates said their college prepared them for employment, helped them choose a field of study, exposed them to new technology and helped with internships and college aid.
Forty percent say their high school or college teachers helped them significantly; less than 25 percent say counselors were a lot of help.