Podcast | After high school, what’s next for Seattle students?

Three education experts discuss how young people can find postgrad success (and it's not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach).

High school graduation in Yakima, WA

High school seniors participate in a graduation ceremony at Eisenhower High School on Tuesday, June 15, 2022, at the Yakima SunDome in Yakima, Washington. (Amanda Snyder/Crosscut)

With high school graduation approaching, many young people across Washington will be taking a big step toward adulthood. Whether they have all the information and encouragement they need to make a decision that is right for them is less certain.

For this episode of the Crosscut Talks podcast, we listen in on a conversation about the education-to-work pipeline with education advocates from throughout the state, including Seattle Public Schools, Washington STEM and the state superintendent’s office.

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Speakers Kelvin Dankwa, Angie-Mason Smith and Rebecca Wallace detailed the challenges facing students in a talk at the Crosscut Ideas Festival in early May, moderated by Angela Jones of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Wallace, from the office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, suggests that a better effort needs to be made to let students know that there are multiple pathways to success after high-school graduation; that the idea of ‘one-size-fits-all’ is failing students and their families. The panel also discusses “adult bias in education” and how it affects students’ belief in what they can achieve after high school.

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