Vocational Education

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Vocational Education It is unfortunate that the importance of vocational education has diminished over the past twenty five years. The emphasis that used to be placed on learning a trade that would provide a living has disappeared with the typewriter and slide rule. We are no longer encouraging students to become skilled tradespersons. The vocational mentoring programs of recent past have been supplanted with SAT Prep courses. Where will we find skilled mechanics, plumbers, welders, farmers and masons in the coming decades? Who will care for our children, repair our cars, cut our hair, cook and serve our meals at a restaurant? A point has been reached in American Education in particular, where the skilled laborer is disrespected…show more content…
Currently the cost of tuition at a post high school technical college can run $12,000 to $15,000 per year making the post high school training out of reach for most. Wouldn’t it be great if we could provide students with the necessary skills to make a living upon their high school graduation? What a novel idea it is that all of us should have something to fall back upon should the degree in Urban Existentialism turn out to be difficult to monetize. We are experiencing a severe labor shortage in skilled trades such as electricians, carpenters, HVAC and welders as qualified journeymen near retirement age. Unions are experiencing drops in membership and journeyman training programs are seeing low recruitment levels. In general unions have lost the power and influence that they used to hold. The lure of climbing a telephone tower to make repairs or caring for the elderly is not what is used to be. I and I venture to guess, millions of other Americans like knowing that SCE will send out linesmen in the wind storms to make repairs so I can stay in touch with my parents and children. I enjoy knowing that my grandmother was cared for by a loving woman who enjoyed her job despite the long hours and low pay. When did hard work become a four letter word? Why is it that we want our children to marry an engineer or dentist, but cringe at the thought that they should end up with a garbage collector? Attitudes must change and skills
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