Governor Tom Wolf says Pennsylvania students should be spending less time preparing for tests and more time getting real-world experience. The Democratic governor was asked about his plans for improving education during the Rotary Club of York’s weekly lunch meeting on Wednesday.
Wolf said he also wants to reform the report card system, and he said school administrators should go to employers for feedback.
“Why don’t we go to businesses owners and say this person graduated from X-school and has been working for you for three years. How did we do?” Wolf said.
York College president Dr. Pamela Gunter-Smith says she’s on board with hands-on learning. New project-based learning sessions allow students to work among businesses.
“We had about 18 students working with professionals who are doing the renovations on the Yorktown, and they’re actually addressing real questions that these professionals have going about this project,” Gunter-Smith said.
“We’re not preparing them for that first job, we’re preparing them for a lifetime of meaningful careers so they can continue to learn and work on a project moving forward,” she said.