Survey Critique Article

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In a recent survey conducted by Robert W. Thompson, data suggested that a higher education may indeed be inadequate preparation for graduating into the workplace. In a utopian realm, students graduating directly from college and into a stern job with career intentions would be something that would be convenient for any post-graduate. However, the statistics gathered by Thompson in an October, 2000 issue of HR magazine suggest otherwise.

In the survey article, Thompson noted that fifty-five percent of 1,014 U.S. workers gave high schools a grade of “C” and noted that improvement must be made for graduates to be ready to work after the graduation ceremonies of high school. Thompson noted that only sixteen percent of the workers gave high schools an “A”, while thirty-two percent said a “B” was appropriate in which the research was conducted by Rutgers and Connecticut University respectively. The concern is valid for two reasons. The concern is valid because the workforce is struggling to acquire work-ready employees in a rapid working world. The second concern is that the high schools are having a bad reputation based on the statistics. High schools should not only be preparing their students for work, but they should be praising their successes while they are still in high school. The numbers of the data gather show an alarming rate of high schools not having students prepared, which is eighty-four percent of high schools given that a grade of “A’ is students ready to work and prepared to work. This data shows that high schools clearly need to work on preparation in the classroom. Along with being prepared, high schools need students to focus on professional skills, organizational skills, time management skills, and communication skills. All of these skills together would call for an improvement in preparation for students “graduating into the workplace”. With these high schools being sampled in the study, the study clearly justifies that high...
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