I have often confessed a confusion about public education in this country. At one time I’m an advocate of public education and at the same time I understand that education is just a way to subsidize big business by providing a trained work force that can be immediately exploited … and all at taxpayer expense.
Now President Obama is advocating turning High Schools into vocational schools. I applaud the understanding that vocational schools are important and moving much of the vocational curriculum into the regular High School will help to remove the stigma that vocational education is restricted to those students that can’t cut it in the regular High School, but this move is exactly the opposite of what I feel education is all about. We would be completely selling out to businesses and corporations that look to the government to provide a steady stream of trained workers who can immediately contribute to improve the company’s profits and the corporate officers’ compensation.
Contrary to all the recent moves in education (No Child Left Behind) I feel that public education is too restricting and that American students are being held back in their pursuit of a satisfying and stimulating life. I contend that we have our educational levels up-side-down. We should be encouraging academic and vocational experimentation in the lower grades and focusing specific training in the upper grades, In other words, let High School students explore their educational possibilities and hopefully when they reach college age they can engage in a career path that will be beneficial to their development as human animals on this planet They might end up more satisfied and even “happy.”