Beyond Labels

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Have I mentioned that I like vocational training?

Those of you who regularly participate in the Beyond Labels group have heard me talk about my disappointment with the opportunity for students who don’t appear to be destined for college to take vocational courses to build real-world skills that our economy needs desperately (and values accordingly).

The courses exist, but my concern is that the “system” (parents, educators, peers, the community) tends to stigmatize the courses and their attendees. I think that’s wrong and is doing a disservice to a large segment of our students.

Here’s an article from the NY Times on the theme (sort of). This post is mostly intended as an “envelope” for the Times article.

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