In the Arena

Learning That Works

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My latest print piece–longer than a column this week–is about the revival of what used to be called vocational education, but is now called Career and Technical Education. It’s probably the best way to train young people for skilled jobs that actually exist, especially when done in partnership with local businesses–but more than that, it turns out to be a great way to motivate kids who aren’t very interested in traditional schooling…and a head start for advanced placement sorts of who want to go to professional careers in medicine, science, engineering and law.