Sunday, June 28, 2009

Technical/business education vs College Prep

OK, this is a question. I'd like opinions, links to articles, information. I'd prefer good constructive comments, but I'd be thrilled with any comments at all.

Should there be middle/high schools devoted to technical/apprentice type careers, separate from college prep schools? Are we helping kids who will becomes electricians, plumbers, masons, etc. by giving them a curriculum designed as an apprenticeship with business-slanted courses? Or are we shuffling them toward something limited?

My thoughts, which are rambling and incomplete:

Not everyone wants to go to college, but is it necessary to survive? Do even skilled tradespeople need a college degree? Is it elitist to insist that only college prep is valuable? Is it elitist to say that skilled tradespeople don't need to read Shakespeare? Does anyone need to read Shakespeare?

If we do have apprenticeship programs, I think they should be rigorous and include rigorous history, math, English, science, business, and foreign language.

I see contractors and others who are very good at what they do but are confused about the business aspect and get caught up in payroll, business licenses, and tax problems. It would be helpful to teach business stuff to tradespeople.

What is important (relevant?) history, English, science?

Whether a child goes into business after high school or on to college, they need to be able to analyze and make decisions. We need to teach beyond the test.

Enough rambling. Help me out here, please.


Lynette said...

"trade school" is viable but your right it needs more
business skills should be a major part since most craftsmen are looking to having their own company one day.
a well rounded education is nice but even in college you learn to what your are geared for.
ie. college girl is a theater major, so no shock that math and science are low on the scale for her.

Yaya said...

We had (have) a program like that at my high school and yes, I think it is beneficial. Not all students are cut out for college and to be doctors and lawyers, or what have you. Some are more kinesthetic and their career will most likely be in a field like automotive work, etc. So yes, giving them a head start on their career is a good thing, I think.