In February, 2011 the Harvard Graduate School of Education published a report entitled Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century. The report espouses the following claims:
- The United States has fallen woefully behind other nations both in quality of education and in numbers of graduates of both high school and post-secondary institutions.
- Our current secondary educational system is failing our youth and business by failing to offer multiple pathways to employment.
- Our current post-secondary educational system is failing our youth and business by failing to produce job-ready graduates.
- In order to solve this educational and economic quandary technical education, cooperative education opportunities, and increased employer involvement must become a primary focus of our educational policy.