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Posted 06 March 2013 - 01:10 PM

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 01:39 PM

I wish that even at the public high school level there was more opportunity for vocational studies.

They need to bring back auto repair classes, woodworking, etc, so people that may not be interested in pursuing college, or that aren't as gifted in math and science can learn about something that is helpful for them finding a career opportunity and that gives them perhaps a boost in self confidence.

That would be a way of perhaps giving kids who don't excel in math and science, or don't have the grade to get accepted at a university or college, or doesn't have the money to go to higher learning institutions, or don't know certain programs even exist in technical schools; it may give those kids some direction rather than flunking them out of school and sending them out on their own to figure it out.

Instead of heading back to their lives feeling like a failure and possibly in poverty stricken areas, they might find they like or have a talent in areas other than math and science that they can pursue and give them hope that there is still a way out of poverty or a way to make it in the world even if it means they may not going to get rich doing it.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 01:45 PM

Some see the problem and think govt of their elected officials will solve it.

At times I think the US is too big and diverse for its own good. Everybody doesn't get a trophy and not everybody even wants one.

Been saying for years need more apprenticeships set up.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 01:50 PM

and some people never get a shot... because life (as we've constructed it) is unfair. this situation wasn't created in a vacuum, we aren't operating in the natural order... if we were, those with excess would've been strung up by the have-nots long ago, the whole point of civilization is act as a group to benefit the group.



I wouldn't say some people never get a shot, although its a certainity that some people have a far more difficult path than others. But it is still possible to overcome circumstances and be successful. I grew up in difficult circumstances, and I knew some that had it worse than I did. Made the best of it, and so far I am doing ok. Some of those I grew up with are doing ok, some not so much.

You have to take the few opportunities that are available, and make the best of them. But I am for giving the underpriveldged as many opportunities as we can, assuming we can afford it.

IMO, the primary issue in the country is not wealth inequality, but the breakdown of the family. To many children grow up in broken or abusive homes. But thats for another thread.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 01:53 PM

Some see the problem and think govt of their elected officials will solve it.

At times I think the US is too big and diverse for its own good. Everybody doesn't get a trophy and not everybody even wants one.

Been saying for years need more apprenticeships set up.


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Of course I want these programs set up through public school system, which would take considerable taxpayer money and our government fixing a problem, so we probably don't see 100% eye to eye.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 01:55 PM

Public schools need an extreme makeover. The educrats and school boards are so obtuse they do more harm than good for kids.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 02:04 PM

I wish that even at the public high school level there was more opportunity for vocational studies.

They need to bring back auto repair classes, woodworking, etc, so people that may not be interested in pursuing college, or that aren't as gifted in math and science can learn about something that is helpful for them finding a career opportunity and that gives them perhaps a boost in self confidence.


I was in high school (in NC) in the late 80s/early 90s and they were phasing out all of these types of programs and putting everyone on a college track. I have always disagreed with that.

We need a college track in schools, but we also need vocational education and the schools should also be working with industry to teach and train people the practical skills they need to be marketable in the job force. Don't cookie cutter every kid for college because you're setting a lot of them up to fail. Help the kids figure out what their interests are and what they're good at and teach them to do those things. The kids will be better off and so will the country.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 02:05 PM

Public schools need an extreme makeover. The educrats and school boards are so obtuse they do more harm than good for kids.



IMO, the problem lies more with the students than with the school system. Not that the school system doesn't have flaws, but it seems to me that there are many opportunities in the public school system that allow kids to flourish, but some just seem unable to take advantage of them.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 02:10 PM

I was in high school (in NC) in the late 80s/early 90s and they were phasing out all of these types of programs and putting everyone on a college track. I have always disagreed with that.

We need a college track in schools, but we also need vocational education and the schools should also be working with industry to teach and train people the practical skills they need to be marketable in the job force. Don't cookie cutter every kid for college because you're setting a lot of them up to fail. Help the kids figure out what their interests are and what they're good at and teach them to do those things. The kids will be better off and so will the country.


Maybe its different in other schools, but in Winston, they still have all those things. They have something called Career center which teaches everything from Network engineering to how to change the spark plugs in a car. They even partner with the local community colleges so that the courses integrate.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 02:12 PM

Maybe its different in other schools, but in Winston, they still have all those things. They have something called Career center which teaches everything from Network engineering to how to change the spark plugs in a car.


They don't have that stuff here to my knowledge... maybe it's coming back and I hope so.




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