We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I entirely agree with their idea of job training for high school grads, and I also agree that the overemphasis of college is foolish. I am not sure the idea is neglected, though. There are vocational schools all over (public and private), and community colleges generally have vocationally-oriented programs.
Much neglected in the discussion in the US are apprenticeships, which cost nothing and which are usually paid helper jobs which can lead to well-paid jobs afterwards. My electronics repair guy gets $175/hr. My computer expert gets $200/hr, has no college. My gunsmith, $150/hr. Carpenters, electricians, plumbers, tree men, chefs, and so forth all can have solid incomes via apprenticeships.
In fact, legal training is mainly through apprenticeship. Sure, you have to go to law school in most states now, but the real learning is by doing under supervision.
A lot of high schools have cut back on Industrial Arts in submission to the "Everyone should go to college" mantra.The skills learned in IA courses could translate into good jobs for those who are not inclined to college.
They should bring back trade high schools. Most high school students who are not motivated or simply bored learn very little in school after puberty for them high school is a waste of time except for the social aspect. The teachers and counselors know which high school students are wasting their own time and the schools time. Give them some options.
This misses the point the only places these skills are not visible are the richer suburbs and the inner cities. Young men (and women) know next to nothing about the world except what they see in their family, neighbors and on tv/internet. If you never have met a welder, or have one in your family you will not think of being a welder. Ditto for most trades and for that matter college majors. I would go back to the 1950's and start showing the old industrial film strips and movies in class. At least the students would see there is a wider world out there.
And by all means start early and bring in people with a wide variety of jobs to career days and presentations.
Apprenticeships have been priced out of the market in the US. Officially, the wages required in a DOL approved apprenticeship are far higher than minimum wage. Plus there is no commitment to the employer for the valuable training.
If you remove the value to the employer, there is no incentive for the employer to take away productivity to give away value.
Viewed in a commercial sense, as an exchange of consideration or values, apprenticeship can be regarded like other engagements ; yet, what an apprentice gives as well as what he receives are alike too conditional and indefinite to be estimated by ordinary standards. An apprentice exchanges unskilled or inferior labour for technical knowledge, or for the privilege and means of acquiring such knowledge. The master is presumed to impart a kind of special knowledge, collected by him at great expense and pains, in return for the gain derived from the unskilled labour of the learner.
All these things constitute technical knowledge, and the privilege of their acquirement is an element of value. The common view taken of the matter, however, is that it costs nothing for a master to afford these privileges the work must at any rate be carried on, and is not retarded by being watched and learned by apprentices. Viewed from any point, the privileges of engineering establishments have to be considered as an element of value, to be bought at a price, just as a ton of iron or a certain amount of labour is; and in a commercial sense, as an exchangeable equivalent for labour, material, or money. In return a master receives the unskilled labour or service of the learner; this service is presumed to be given at a reduced rate, or sometimes without compensation, for the privileges of the works and the instruction received.
-- Economy of Workshop Manipulation (1875)
Technical education provides an excellent alternative to formal university "education," but it is not necessarily the best choice for everyone. There exists a deeply held belief in our country that if you are unable to make it in college (university), you can fall back on technical education. No, you can't. Skill sets required for the "trades" are more complex than they've ever been. Unless a person has the required brains (yes, brains), aptitude, determination or passion for technical work, he or she will not excel in the "trades."
You are kidding your self if you think the little snow flakes are going to get there hands dirty. Mommy and Daddy have given them a work free childhood of computers, video games, smart phones, and hours of wasted time. Most people under the age
of 35 are waste products. The current crop of graduates are worse.
From what I remember of my high school days, you tracked either vocational or college prep. Vocational guys weren't allowed to take advanced literature courses and college prep was blocked from wood shop or metal shop.
What you were was what you stayed. Keep in your lane, boy.
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