Vocational education fosters maturity, Halpern says

[img_caption src=”https://www.erikson.edu/wp-content/uploads/halpern-youth-education-society.jpg” link=”http://hepg.org/hep/book/183/YouthEducationAndTheRoleOfSociety” align=”right” alt=”Cover of Youth Education and the Role of Society”]ExpandEDSchools recently spoke to Professor Robert Halpern about his new book, Youth, Education, and the Role of Society: Rethinking Learning in the High School Years, and the importance of learning opportunities outside of schools.

Career and technical education “provides the start of a constructive pathway for millions of young people for whom four-year college is not a sensible next step after high school,” Halpern says. “The most interesting and compelling value of vocationally-oriented learning is personal. It fosters maturity, nurtures a sense of personal competence and of having a place in the world.”

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