Education: Who Gets It?
Everybody should get as much education as possible. That would be a fair statement. Yet many students resist education as a hardship and actually work against it. Why?
Statistics show 15% of students drop out in high school. Even worse in certain areas. Educators have tried to make the classroom more relevant, the curriculum more pleasing, and the courses easier and yet that number stays high. Therefore we need to go back to the basic question. What is necessary for the students to learn to get along in the future world? Alternative material is always an option for students who wish to pursue it. But there are some basic material that must be taught. Survival skills.
That is where I think we have left a gap. Business must be incorporated into the mix to let the educators understand what survival skills are necessary in today’s market place. Then curriculum can be tailored around those skills. I still feel that tracks are a good place to divide the students up into pathways of interest.
I believe everyone should go to college. In my heart I love the concept. But and it is a big but, should everyone go. Should all curriculum be geared for advance education? What is so wrong with hands on skill learning? Many of our students are tactile learners. They feel and touch and that is how they learn.
Are we so snobbish that auto mechanics are relegated to a low status? I know of some who make a pretty good living understanding the mechanics of machinery. Whole industries revolve around cars. The next mechanical genius who redefines the engine and how it can make better use of solar, gas or an alternative fuel source should be cultivated. There is absolutely nothing wrong in getting one’s hands dirty.
Therefore it is necessary to consider one alternative available to education is vocational work. High schools should be given wrecks of cars so that the students can fix them up and learn about them. It will have to be heavily supervised but I feel this area has taken a hit in the last few years. It needs to be regenerated. We will need mechanics in the future for cars, buses, and all sorts of conveyances. I think that the investment would be worthwhile. Meantime the industries that use mechanics can note the progress in the high school system and give a route into the job placement market.
Who would invest into this system? NASCAR, bus companies, dealerships, and taxi fleets to name a few. The coordination would not be that difficult. Would it be nice if a student got up in the morning and looked forward going to school because he or she would be doing something that they love to do.
Just a thought but it needs to be on the table. It used to be there but budget cuts and academia cut it to shreds due to economics and snobbery.