Source: The Atlantic
According to recent national and federal data, America is undermining the importance and need for high school counselors.
Many leaders in education agree that counselors are particularly important in guiding students to pursue a college degree, which can ultimately impact a student’s success and social, economic mobility. Because counselors serve as college advisors they can often be the deciding factor for a student to even graduate high school at all.
A recent national survey showed that Americans believed school counselors to be the last resource where taxes should be invested, yet there are too few counselors in schools. Federal data indicates that for every 822 students in California, there is only one counselor available to advise them on school matters. Yet the American School Counselor Association recommends one counselor for every 250 students.
A combination of funding and public policy are necessary to address and begin to solve the issue of undervalued counselors, and to prioritize their presence and availability for students in schools across America.
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