Career tech keeps boys in school

Structured vocational education keeps boys from dropping out of high school, said James Stone III, director of the National Research Center of Career and Technical Education at the University of Louisville, at a conference.

 Earning three or more CTE credits within a focused sequence of courses was second only to 9th grade students’ grade point average as the strongest variable affecting high school survival for boys. While CTE “did no harm” to girls’ high school engagement, it did not produce a similar positive effect on females.

Stone describes the effect of career tech as “stunning,” reports Ed Week.

“We have a boy problem,” Stone said. “Boys are less likely to finish high school, go to college, finish college, go to graduate school, or finish grad school.” Seventy-five percent of D’s and F’s are given to male students, he said. “We are driving them out. We are not giving them things that engage them.”

“College for all” is narrowing the curriculum, squeezing out courses that motivate many boys, Stone said.

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  1. Why in the world would you want to keep BOYS in school? They only disrupt class and rape the girls. Better to ease them out early, before they become a problem.

  2. The uncomfortable truth that K-12 academics don’t like to admit: If there was no shop class, or cosmetology program, or athletics, or band, or Key Club, then graduation rates would be magnitudes worse than they are now. Like <50%, at least. These non-academic programs are what keeps a lot of teens in school; otherwise, those same teens in question just wouldn't bother…

  3. In the 70’s, I took small engines, woodworking, and metal working. (Still have some of my projects!) All in high school.

    Now, I’m do psychometric.evaluations for a school district. (Graduate Level Training.) The above classes were a lot of fun, gave me a break from math/English etc, and kept me coming to school. One of the best psychologists I know owns a garage, and often works on engines himself.

    I don’t know when we lost the notion that working with your hands ruined your chances for academics. It used to be part of a well rounded education.