Fissile: When I was in high school, I took physics, chem, biology and trig. I also took auto shop, wood shop, electronics and metal shop. The kids in my shop classes couldn't understand why I was there...guidance counselors steered the dim kids to the shop classes.
Gwyrddu: The_Original_Roxtar: What would be best is if high schools stopped pushing the idea that college is for everyone... it isn't. Vocational training was once a significant part of most school curricula.somebody who can make a clean TIG weld is far more valuable in the job market than a person who barely managed to get a Communications degree in 6 years.High school vocational training assumes funding that often isn't there, and people qualified to teach the subject and students who legitimately want to learn. High school should prepare everyone to go to college so the option is open to them if they want to continue on that path, but in doing so it will usually be subjects like vocational training that will cut.Anyway, my point is that 2 year technical colleges already do a better job reliably teaching these trades than high schools will ever do, such that the only point in the high school programs would be to spark students interests in the subjects.
Fissile: Jokes is going to be on them. A friend who has 25 years experience as a welder recently found a new job after being unemployed for 11 months.....he's being paid $22.50 an hour. As he said to me, "That's what I was making 15 years ago."
EvilEgg: Ladies if you think awkward passes by nerds are uncomfortable, construction workers are much worse.
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