Another brick in the wall: Will states mandate job skills?

Do businesses want state-specified mandates for students to know certain skills which other states would be expected to follow?

Faceless children in Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall.” Credit: Wen’s Language World.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, we have all heard by now how Massachusetts leads the nation in public school academic achievement.

So much so that the 2011 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study report found that if Massachusetts were a separate nation, its 8th grade science students would rank second in the world only after Singapore.

Great news, right?

Apparently not for certain employment opportunities.

So what specifically has businesses up in arms over the Massachusetts public school system?

(Next page: Businesses say students excel in testing, fail in interpersonal skills)

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