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How can we increase access to resources (available opportunities) to reduce inequality among high school graduates?

High school students select different paths after graduation. The selected path is based on many different factors (values, interest, parental involvement, support, grades, knowledge, motivation, etc). How can access to resources available level the planning field to reduce inequality?

  • Jan 7 2014: Believe it or not, the path is chosen probably by the 5th or 6th grade. that is when values and personality are formed. there can be changes but are very difficult. A friend, who is a 6th grade teacher stated that they can tell who is going to college, who is not, and who will be successful even without college.

    Think High School is too late until they have experienced life. A friend of my son was a nice person, easy going and a b/c student. 3 years after High School, he turned it on and has his PHD.

    Personally, a friend of mine is very smart and right out of high school he went into the army. I asked him why and he said he was not mature enough to handle college. He came out of the army and has had a successful career in finance.

    What I am saying is, resource matter but the individual needs to have the drive or the "maturity" to use it.
  • Jan 5 2014: I think that you emphasize the outside sources in "direction seeking" and "counseling" with too much weight or importance. Outside help has its value or efficiency; means to refine or shorten the search time, for any person who is searching for the best direction for his future development, but the most important ingredient is his ability, interest and the PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE OR THE CONTACT WITH THE THINGS HE WANTED TO DO FOR HIS LIFE TIME. Of course, the concurrent requirement is to KNOW YOURSELF. What will be the things you will master with dedicated effort, but also with pretty good chance you will succeed and would enjoy with it all your life. Of course, one could always change directions during his life time, but any decision for a particular path or effort should never be taken lightly, and with serious self consciousness. In plain words, one should never choose a career just because his observed model is glamorous or so popular. For example, many professional sport athletes are able to reach the highest achievement by unstoppable training and perseverance, then ask yourself if you have the will and temperament to carry on such effort under the assumption that your chance of success is no more than a small percentage. Even if you believe your own ability and determination, some observation of the life experience of such athletes (or movie stars, etc.) will show some light on what is really the fact behind their glamorous appearance.
    In summary, the so-called successful career path, on surface, may not be as glamorous or satisfying as you believe as well as your ability to reach it. When most children were asked what they want to be when they grow up, most of their answers were not reality. That is due to the two reasons: 1. they don't have mature idea of their own capability and future interest, 2. they don't have the clear understanding of their stated future career or models they chose.
    Inequality is already built in. Outside help accounts for very little.
  • Jan 4 2014: Keith thank you for your response. Although the internet is widely available, many high school students, particularly those from low income families, still experience significant barriers to available resources and options. Students searching the internet will not close the gap.
  • Jan 2 2014: The internet is doing a pretty good job of that! With access to all the information in the world their is no excuse for inequality. If one chooses not to learn it is their own fault. If they do not have access to the internet that is another story.