Learning to work

“Career and technical education” isn’t for grease monkeys, writes the Chicago Trib.

Gone are the low-tech auto and woodworking shops, replaced by labs with state-of-the-art equipment and computers. Courses in tractor driving, cooking and engine rebuilding have given way to programs in veterinary medicine, robotics and computer networking. And the lax academic standards — once the hallmark of vocational education — have been pushed aside for a more rigorous curriculum.

Many programs are preparing students for college not to go directly into the workforce, but there are some partnerships with employers trying to fill skilled manufacturing jobs.

Chicago has a high school for agricultural sciences?

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  1. I had a house built in Shreveport in 2003.

    I had structured wiring installed – 12 TV jacks with Internet connections, etc. Speakers in 7 locations, with a central media room. 2 HD TV’s, surround sound, etc..

    The man who did the “grunt work” – pulling the wires in the attic in the Southern summer was one highly skilled grunt. He has a detailed knowledge of all the hardware.

    Likewise for many of the construction workers. There simply was no “unskilled” job.

    But college as we know it does NOT prepare people for such jobs.