Today's schools have to do a better job of teaching career-ready skills

schools-modernizeIf you have school-age children like we do, you’ve probably heard the following question after a particularly challenging homework assignment or classroom project: When am I going to use this in the real world?

Every parent understands that what kids learn in the classroom will help them in later life. But sometimes it’s hard — even for us as the nation’s secretaries of labor and education — to explain how abstract concepts relate to practical applications. Why? For one thing, we...

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