My daughter and I have been having ongoing conversations about the present educational systems. They clearly ARE NOT WORKING! But the question is what do we do about them?
My opinion is that the school system is not teaching students anything of value. Students are in high school for four years, come out with a general diploma and still can not find jobs. WHY?? Because they have not learned any skills that are employable. Years ago schools had a little bit of hands on education, they had home economics where they taught cooking skills and sewing skills, they had shop class where you were at least introduced to using power tools or learning how to make some sort of crafts. Some schools even had drivers education, where they taught you how to drive. BUT today schools are little more than corrals. They hold the children like animals for a few hours and then release them into the wild.
After your four years of high school, if your grades are not high enough for college you may be looking at community college or trade school, BOTH of which you have to pay for. So then why spend the four years in high school is my question? Why can’t your last two years of high school be spent learning a trade or an employable skill. That way when you do graduate you can find a job? High school spends a lot of time on things that you may never even need in life. I’m sure everyone does not need advanced calculus and trigonometry. Why can’t your last year or two of high school be spent getting a CDA (Child Development Associate) or a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant), or a cosmetologist license, or a Data Entry or Administrative Assistant certificate, or an Air conditioning and Refrigeration certificate? Or SOMETHING, ANYTHING that will be useful in the job world.
So today I came across this ABC news video that I had not seen previously. It is supposed to be news but I guess it did not rate high enough on the popularity charts to warrant any major coverage…
Anyway the video is about some schools in some states giving an exit exam after TWO YEARS of High School and if the student passes they graduate BUT get to go on to a trade school for two years! FREE! Now maybe we are making some progress… Click On The Link and Watch the video and please leave your opinions. Do you think this is a valid option for our educational system?