January 21, 2007

GOT THAT EXACTLY BACKWARDS:

Plumbing, then political science: Mass. vocational schools steering students to college (Maria Sacchetti, January 21, 2007, Boston Globe)

More vocational schools across Massachusetts are preparing their students for colleges, some as elite as MIT, shedding a long-held reputation for steering students only toward blue-collar professions.

Nearly half of the state's vocational students now enroll in a two- or four-year college after graduation, more than double the rate in 1990, according to the state. Some schools are urging more students to take the SAT and offering college-level advanced placement classes -- many in the last five years. Most schools, prodded by the state, are finding ways to teach high-level math and English in traditional shop classes.


When they ought to be encouraging more of the college bound kids into vocations.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 21, 2007 8:48 AM
Comments

It's good that their teaching them high-level math and English though. Just about everyone could have used more of both.

Posted by: Brandon at January 21, 2007 10:53 AM

To the contrary, we need and use neither for the most part.

Posted by: oj at January 21, 2007 12:18 PM

Fifteen years ago, this high-level math and English was known as high school level subject matter, which today's holding-pens for teens no longer teach.

Posted by: Kelly at January 21, 2007 2:42 PM

And your auto mechanic and production line worker couldn't do either.

Posted by: oj at January 21, 2007 5:53 PM

If more college bound kids are encouraged into vocations it will kill their sports programs and the money they bring in. So it will never happen.

Posted by: Bartman at January 22, 2007 3:09 PM
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