A point-of-view on bringing CTE back to schools

A point-of-view on bringing CTE back to schools

Forbes magazine recently published an insightful article by Nicholas Wyman on expanding high-quality CTE. The article touches on themes familiar to us all: ability tracking, college and career readiness, and why college-for-all isn't for everyone. Here's just a snippet:

Just a few decades ago, our public education system provided able opportunities for young people to learn about careers in manufacturing and other vocational trades. Yet, today, high-schoolers hear barely a whisper about the many doors that the vocational education path can open. The "college-for-everyone" mentality has pushed awareness of other possible career paths to the margins. The cost to the individuals and the economy as a whole is high. If we want everyone's kid to succeed, we need to bring vocational education back to the core of high school learning.

Wyman's argument needs no extra polishing from me. I encourage you to read the whole piece and let me know your thoughts at james.stone@nrccte.org.

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