Preparing Kids for Jobs: What Should Our Community Do?

All Library locations will be closed on Sunday, April 20, in observance of the Easter holiday.

The second of two Harry’s Front Porch Forums focuses on what and how young people should be taught to best equip them for tomorrow’s workplace and help strengthen the economy of the communities they live in
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

The second and final Harry's Front Porch Forum focuses on Preparing Today's Kids for Tomorrow's Jobs: What Should Our Community Do?

A rising chorus of complaints from the nation's employers is a troublesome sign that too many of today's high school graduates are ill prepared for the jobs they seek. What and how should young people be taught to best equip them for tomorrow's workplace and help strengthen the economy of the communities they live in? What community resources—including but not limited to schools—can be brought to bear on the problem?

Among the questions to be posed by moderators during the forum are: should schools teach basic work skills; should they focus more on math and science curriculums; and should schools be responsible for instilling character traits that are fundamental to job success.