Make high school matter for non-collegebound

We must make high school matter for students who aren’t collegebound, writes James Stone on Shanker Blog, weighing in on the “snob” debate.

Instead of ever-increasing academic requirements, disengaged students need “rigorous, world-class technical education” linked to the labor market.

. . .  in Georgetown, KY, Toyota has worked with local education systems to create a compelling, rigorous and relevant manufacturing career pathway—one that takes students from high school to the local community college to four-year college programs in engineering or manufacturing management and the promise of employment with Toyota.

Retooled  Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs should “include intensive career development opportunities that begin no later than middle school,” internships, apprenticeships and “curricula that integrate academic knowledge with technical skills,”  Stone writes.

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  1. It’s a great post with some great insight into education for the younger generation. Especially considering that college doesn’t seem to be as great of a deal as it used to be. Just make sure it isn’t Arizona that writes the curriculum:

  2. Richard Aubrey says:

    All very well, but. The implication is that if you’re not suited for extended adolescence, four or five more years in a classroom, you must be a terrific candidate for skilled trades or technical work.
    True for some, not for others. And, since there will be others, the presumption that they will, must, do well in tech ed will not be fulfilled.
    And then we’ll have another crisis. Requiring money and “programs”.
    Said it before. Before my wife retired, in the last couple of years, she attended two PDs in which the term “Intentional non learner” was used, with the sense that, although spoken, capital letters were to be inferred. Eventually, IMO, we’ll have a category for these folks and separate them, at least their scores such as they are, from the rest of the school population. Which will be large, since legislators think keepin Intentional Non Learners in school until age eighteen solves some problem or other.