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Posted by Broadway Lion on Fri Apr 6 16:32:02 2012LION has been thinking about education in this country. His conclusion is that we (Federal) are putting money in the wrong place. We are spending money to help people go to college, yet with people with this level of education can probably get into college without anybody's help, and that money is better spent elsewhere.
Bush proposed that "No Child Left Behind". But it is not the children that we are worried about either.
LION says that the problem is with young adults, that is say grades 9 to 14. Those who are not college candidates, those who drop out of high school are the ones who need help from Federal dollars.
LION proposes that LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS take full responsibility for grades K - 8. True there may need to be some state aid, but the CONTROL of the schools should rest in the community.
LION proposes that STATE or CENTRAL SCHOOL SYSTEMS should full responsibility for grades 9 - 14.
Eighth Grade is the place where there is a fork in the road for students. Most students will go on to high school as is normal, and as you can see the transfer to community college (call it grades 13 and 14) is as simple and normal a transition as the transition from grade 6 to 7 was in my day in age. True, many will shift to a four year college right after grade 12. More power to them, especially since they will have to fund that for themselves.
The other fork is VOCATIONAL SCHOOL, implemented from grades 9 - 14.
Students will choose either one track or the other. They are also able to shift from one track to the other albeit with some time penalties.
LION will now explore his idea of VOCATIONAL SCHOOL:
The 9th grade level is mostly classroom, mostly didactic with emphasis on the way the trades work, what laws apply to workers, license in various trades, and how people work. They will discern what trade they want to follow.
The 10th grade level begins to see these students beginning to work as apprentice trades people under the tutelage of skilled workers in the work place. They will earn a stipend of about 1/2 minimum wage (the balance of their "wage" is retained by the employer to cover the costs of educating the student.
The 11th grade level continues on the job training at 3/4 minimum wage.
The 12th grade level continues at full minimum wage.
The 13th grade level continues at 1/2 union wage.
The 14th grade level continues at 3/4 union wage.
In all grade levels a Vocational student is supervised not only by an employer, but also by a licensed teacher who follows the student's progress and follows up with educational assignments that direct to student selected educational goals, especially in arithmetic and grammar and spelling.
The student should be graduating from the vocational program ready to work at the Journeyman level.
Business and Unions may combine, or even work independently to craft the programs that are to be offered. If a student wishes to pursue a trade or craft that is not covered by the system, the licensed teacher/adviser will contact businesses to craft a program for the student.
LION THINKS that such a program will keep young people from dropping out, and will help them transition into the work force. It is possible to expel students who do not cooperate with the program, abuse drugs or alcohol or are otherwise involved with criminal activity.