Do schools prepare students for real life??

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Thursday, April 26th

Dave talks about a study that says only 25% of people in a recent survey feel high school prepares students for real life after graduation with Community in Schools Vice President of Government Relations, Tiffany Miller. 

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And good morning Dave dornin for Noual Norman the last of the rain now adrift and on through that we're gonna see the sun come back out as the skies Claire by the time most people are ahead and eat lunch and Libya beautiful afternoon just get through this Juan little line of rain showers thanks for joining us here on WWL. Coming up later in the program. We're gonna look at the BA nominee Ronnie Jackson whose withdrawn his name from consideration now after president from nominated him. Did he not know he had all these skeletons in his closet that he not know these allegations would surface when he accepted the nomination. And put his name into that had. To be the next VA secretary did he not know about. All of that dirt. That would be dug up and that people would just ignore it. We'll take a look at that and we'll go live to Washington DC Wallace talk about the bills that require students. In schools in the Louisiana. Get a recess again. And we'll talk about tonight and ask L draft well will the saints do. And when and where well LSU players go in the draft amongst other topics it's all on today's buffet as we move through the next three hours here on WW well. But this hour. Does high school prepare students for college for. For real life. Less than one in four American adults believe high school graduates are prepared for success in college only one. Only 5% surveyed believe the graduates are ready for the work world. The information comes to us from the group communities in schools. Vice president for government relations with communities in schools Tiffany Miller now joins us hi Tiffany made on. I'm doing well they've thank you for having me. I'm glad you could be here. Why did your organization perform this survey to find out what American adults think about the effectiveness of high schools across our country to prepare students either for college or for life in the real world. What can you. And cooled the look at that is it but if the market dropout prevention organization and we operate in 25 states and the District of Columbia including. And Louisiana. On and we are her digging and in taking a look at I'm not only how art student arguing while there and high school but what's happening to them. Once they you know walk the state after graduation and so we wanted to get up and sort of check the pulse. Of the country and see how well they the general population out. On how well they believed critical graduate we're prepared for life after graduation. And it overwhelmingly. You found that most Americans do not think. High schools are doing a very good job getting students ready for whatever is next. Right like you that only one in four adults really believe that if a graduate their prepare for the fact that. That we found. Very interesting about padded that was pretty consistent across the board regardless of income ready. Education level where in the country. There at that overwhelming. Feeling and sent that we could be doing more providing much more support you high school student and student and a girl. While this is overwhelming. Clearly decisive feeling in the nation that high schools are failing our students in terms of getting them ready to move line. And be successful online it's. Why is that message not getting to educators to administrators. To lawmakers to. Regulators to whoever can have an impact this and do something about it Y eight if everyone. Overwhelmingly feels that high schools are not doing. Would they should be doing. Is this not a major issue do we not hear anything about this and why is it not changing. Actually think that educators. Principled teacher in particular actually. They wouldn't be necessarily. Surprise I I think that they now that they are a lot as neat and their schools they're the ones on the ground. I think that they have to deal. So. The student that we work work like in particular are. The majority of them are living in poverty. And overwhelmingly. Teachers know that poverty is a huge beer here academics except there are aware that. You know there's the company focused on the academics. The instructions. On what actually happening in the class firm and though. What they find to be helpful if you have an organization. Like communities and schools or other organizations that do similar work. We continent and we try to support the school in the student helped them with all the other non academic means to help them vote yes. India want an academic who actually in the class current we're prepared to help provide some of the support that the general population in the third may well. I could really need it so I mean complaining and social and white guilt and I'm tutoring and mentoring. Where there hope provide bad and I say you know I would bet you talked an educator they would agree that these are things that. Unity means to partner with organizations to do a lot of Americans across the country. Yet what we hear a whole lot. From folks calling on us and taxing us here at the radio station and from stories reviews and news department is that there's an overwhelming feeling. That there is a definite lack of parental involvement for so many students and is a lack of structure and home. And there's a lack of a support network for them and they're kind of just left out their drifting on the ground and last they're highly enlightened self motivated as. If people feel most of these students are destined for failure and will never amount to much because they just aren't getting what they need. And that teachers can't do it all that teachers can't prepare these students by themselves for success later in life is that which I think. At when we on our model is open relationship and that one on one relationship with the caring adult. Or organization relied heavily having mentors in the school to work with students there are a variety of different reason. On that it might be. In my doing well in school. And you know they might now feel comfortable talking with the teacher but having a mentor in their life caring adult. It might be a this year point for me and when we're able to extract to withdrew with a root cause of some of these issues are. We're able to connect. And with the resources they need to be sick at Oakland school. You kind of come and as a third party because one of the things we commonly here is a major problem is you can legislate what courses students after today. You can legislate what tests they have to pass in order to move on you can legislate all aspects of the educational process which he can't legislate. Is parents being involved in their children's lives is parents taking responsibility for their children and parents parenting. And we have so many children out there who are really not being effectively parent did. And the government really can't solve that problem but maybe organizations like this can at least help. Chip away at it 504260187. They wanna hear what you think. Do you believe that a high schools in general are preparing. Students for college and or success in the real world. After four years or five years with it in high school do you believe that our schools are doing everything they can't. Are the school's failing our students is society failing our students. Are their parents failing them where who gets the death on this one folks if you're handing out a report card. Text me at 87870 calling it 504260187. Who we get back alas Stephanie Miller more about where they have had success. And where is there a model for success for getting past these problems and for. Actually finding a way to get kids ready for life also wanna now what do you think high schools should be teaching kids that they're not. To get them ready I have raised four children now put for almost all the way through high school and I are all the time. About the things that kids who wish they would of learned in school that they didn't. Text made 87870. I'll give you some of those that I've heard on my list coming up after the break but I like yours as well you're on WWL. Assist in Jefferson Parish sheriff Joseph Le pen to announce the arrest of a seventeen year old Bonham ball high school student for possession of a gun on campus. This morning campus police and school administrators learned that a student had been in possession of a firearm earlier this week. So administrators detained the student when he got off to school bus this morning. Once he was placed under detainment and loaded small caliber revolver. Was located with the in his school bag according to sheriff's spokesman Glenn Boyd. The student was placed under arrest and transported to the criminal investigations bureau for questioning. School activities or not it erupted school classes are continuing as normal and the investigation is continuing. As well we'll have more on that coming up in the news here on WWL. I'm Dave Cohen in for Noual Norman in this half hour we're talking about this new report. That only one in four American adults believe that high school is preparing graduates for life. After high school the vice president of government relations with communities in schools Tiffany Miller is our guest. And Tiffany before we took our time out I was asking about successes. Where have we seen successes. In programs that do better prepare students for life after high school and how can we translate that to put it in more schools. Right so actually I'm right there normally and we've heard about 111000 students and among those students that we serve about eight. 80% of them have improved attendance rate. Need to let. Three quarters of them are graduating from high school targeting their ged. They're being promoted. And her academic we're all improving as much higher rates. I'm an in. School word there organizations. Like communities and schools were seen hired six factory higher graduation rate at which. You know you'd now and you look there's no how important it is and to have that ankle grad they both agree. On and be able to move on to backpacks that. So what is it that you done to do that to get these kids more interest in more involved more engaged and it is that actually preparing them for life after high school or is it just helping them get better grades in high school about. On it Ewing boat that we do is we've put a site coordinator. I'm a trained professional at coordinator in each school they partner with the principles they partner with the teachers. On any conduct a needs assessment at the school. I'm and try to find out why it the student body really needs content that we implement three different type of support for it. I'm at a very high level that might look like an afterschool program that all students and the school would be able to participate and on and then we dig a little bit deeper there might be a group of students. Who need actors support. I'm more men one on one mentoring. DB and I can buy it. Tutoring at that and I think that we you connect the plan. With resource that can get whatever they need and then for a smaller group of student about 10% of students in each of the school that we are. They're case managed one on one and on the didn't intend to be the ones that are more challenged men have more need than that could look like a variety of different things that it will play. Mental health means. And it could like. Look like meeting place to say on it that we work much more closely with pat unit can track the data much more closely with an event to make short that. Where were moving without their interiors are that are keeping them from being unsuccessful. In school in showing up at their they're back out everything. Heavy tracked these students after high school to see if it's working to get at this issue that you raised in this survey. That is it preparing students for life after high schools while preparing them to be successful in high school. That the good question that actually the reason why we are in Washington DC this week as to talk much more about that. That we are starting to dig and Q life after high school graduation for our alumni. I'm we've recently launched alumni leadership network. Or talking with them were surveying it and find out. You know what we're going on in your life now and understanding. That there needs to still be. Action probably. Between. High school and college and career for a lot of these events. But what we are learning firm and heard from from our alumni this week. Is that patent and toward that with inner life. And in high school or middle school. Actually still Lindner life we heard story. From now when yesterday said that they're still in contact with their mentor be out of high school for over ten year there Mary Catholic family. There mentor is actually. The god Korean soccer of their children. I'm a Lagos or they're they're not only caught in getting these connections to help them through school but they're getting connections that help them through life. And Zachary these people are taking the roles that perhaps there are actual. Relatives their parents there aunts or uncles or grandparents. Haven't been able to fulfill for. Right and you know that could be a variety of different reasons why. That these mentors. The eight you know it could be in place or could be a supplement to what they already have it. There was something special patent mentor relationship that they had an. That relationship that they have with their site coordinator that group. Turned on what. You know I I hear. Stories every single day about a fight coordinator. In one of our schools seen something in a statement that it didn't didn't see in themselves. And that just basically unlocked to their potential for the getting to the than themselves and go on to do great things. Can't people get involved in this effort if people have since the where with all the time. And the inclination to be mentors to try and help solve some of these problems to try and still these roles how can folks who are listening to involve. Absolutely they can go to our web site communities and schools dot or. On and find out about different volunteer opportunities we have not map of where we're located it to click rate leaving and a on and find out more about there and Portland affiliate and how they can help out. We can text messages from people all at age 7870 saying things like schools need to go back to the basics as well as teaching home economics wood metal and auto shop. Art and music. PE and nutrition classes somebody else says preparing your kids for real life starts way before high school. This is the parents main responsibility. And should be left up to a teacher negate your kids prepared somebody else says too often teachers have to parent. Society and parents are to blame. I've been on both sides of the issues one what do you take away from those three text messages we've been getting. Well I think I'm in terms of when that need to start absolutely need the power before high school. You know we need to start and before kindergarten and pre K we work in in I'm grade kindergarten through twelfth. And it can be very important to start that work earlier. And you know in schools say they have a lot and but at the public huge basket reading it you'd cricket on math science that things that are all very important. Yet it would do more great schools are teaching to the task there's one aspect determines. How well a school is doing if a teacher keeps their job of a principle keep their job if a school is deemed failing so they teach the kids just what's on that test. Because that seems it's all that matters. Well there's organ and it afterschool programs that are really hoping to fill that way. I'm so that wallet schools are at McCain and academics. On their programs afterschool program communities in schools. I can provide some of that the re the music the art on. In other things that or I'm in actually motivate them to come to school. And so is there are a lot of organizations out there that are on supporting schools that African. We appreciate it we gotta run the news thanks Stefan it.
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