Should high schools offer more opportunities to develop trade or other “non-academic” skills? Why or why not?

Should high schools offer more opportunities to develop trade or other “non-academic” skills? Why or why not?

What do you think?

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  1. they used to

    when i went to high school you could go college prep home prep or tech prep

    in tech prep you took classes like welding and pneumatics

    in college prep you took what is normal now

    in home prep you took classes like cooking and accounting

  2. Not all kids are going to have an academic future. Simple as that. Yes, college is a good thing. But not for everybody. One element of HS, IMHO, is to help kids figure out their future.

  3. The purpose is to prepare young people to go out into society, and not everyone is cut out for college…

    Tech skills are 100% as important, and no society can function without them. Someone has to keep the lights on, water flowing, sewage moved & treated, the roads paved, the cars running, the houses built, the computers running and connected, etc.

    We CAN do fine without another art apprication or gender studies degree, see how long you last when the toilet doesn’t flush and the electricity doesn’t work…

  4. About 20% of the high schoolers could be put on an advanced math track and taught probability with calculus before they graduate. It would not matter if they passed the actuarial exam, the insurance companies are NOT gonna hire them except for call center work.

    HR departments do NOT want anybody off the straight and narrow track. So what’s your purpose for doing this training?

  5. No because thats what Trade Schools are for. If you want your kid to learn to do one of 8 things and give up on any other hopes and dreams, send them there. What should give you trade experience beyond college is the trade itself, entry level jobs should not require 3 years experience

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