Our Texas legislature, made up of lawyers and other professionals, has put into place requirements for all high school students with emphasis only on a college preparatory curriculum. By inference, any curriculum other than “college-bound” is considered an inferior educational program. Very few schools now offer any vocational classes for their students. Considering the high unemployment rate for recent college graduates and the great need for skilled craftsmen and technicians in our country, minimizing craft and technical careers is short-sighted and ill-serving for everyone.
High schools need to foster all types of skill sets and to cultivate the belief that any honest work done well is honorable and deserving of support and recognition. Mr. Pauken’s proposal makes sense for our high school students needing to be engaged in a field of study interesting to them, for employers desperate for skilled technical workers, for our struggling economy and for a society that recognizes the value of each individual’s work.
Patricia G. Ross, Ph.D.