I subscribe to this group because I work one day a week as technology
coordinator at Walden School, a small K-8 school. One of the many other
hats I wear is being a member of the Northeast Kingdom Workforce
Investment Board (WIB). One of the biggest concerns we hear from
employers across the board - is that too many of the people applying for
jobs don't have basic work skills - showing up reliably, dressing
appropriately, treating co-workers with proper respect, etc. There's
often also a dearth of basic math skills, literacy (language, not tech),
etc. I think it IS appropriate to expect students coming out of the K-12
environment to have at least this much of a foundation for employment.
This is a bar far lower than getting tech certifications.
My personal opinion is that having the OPTION of getting some trade
skills at the high school level is appropriate - whether that be
carpentry, auto mechanics, or tech certification. I also believe that
learning how to learn is more important than getting any particular
skill set. In twenty years there will be jobs that don't exist now -
just as 20 years ago there were no web designers, etc.
Vince Rossano wrote:
>Bjorn, Bjorn! You're taking this all far too personally. My "attacks"
>were meant good-naturedly.
>Look, many of your points are well taken, but we are talking past each
>other. What's involved here is stuff that deals with the very nature of
>our role as educators. Many of us, as you've seen, have deeply held
>philosophical beliefs around this issue. You've aroused some intense
>responses not because you're position is ridiculous, but rather because
>it is widely held by intelligent people - and strongly opposed by other
>intelligent people. But, at this juncture, the direction we're headed
>in this discussion will only further polarize us.
>If I, among others, have seemed dismissive of your remarks, I
>apologize; though I disagree with you, your remarks have been helpful
>in provoking thought about this important topic. But I think I'll back
>off for now. Perhaps we need to call a moratorium on this subject.
>Information Technology Director
>Montpelier Public Schools
>58 Barre Street
>Montpelier, VT 05602
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