Struck down by severe cases of profound stupidity, most school
districts have closed their trade schools. My school teacher friends
(one is an Industrial Arts teacher and the other is a teacher career
counselor) have told me that the high schools now consider themselves
college prep schools, not schools that teach life skills as well. In
that light, there is no need to teach people how to weld, do
carpentry, electrical work, A/C work, bake, cook, cater, etc.
After all, the folks that take those classes for any length of time
won't be going to college anyway in their eyes. So the mainstream of
the teachers and administrators are not concerned with them.
To back that up, one of the most prestigious school districts here in
town layed off or moved to other subjects if possible the Industrial
Arts teachers. About 35 of them in the high schools.
Now they proudly have no possible blue collar type individuals that
work on cars or build cabinets.
But if the get that kid to graduate, he will be ready for college!
That is, if his parents can afford it, and if he/she is actually
interested and wants to go.
If you don't choose college as your path in high school these days,
you are screwed.
Personally, I don't get it. I talked with an administrator (roofing
client of mine) for a different district where they serve an average
or better income group of families. He said their classes were always
full, and the kids had to keep their other grades up to stay in. They
literally turn away the kids as they don't have enough classroom/shop
Why they are closing these programs, I don't know. Knowing what my A/
C man makes (holy crap!!) and the guy that works on my truck (had some
of his certifications before he left high school), I don't see why
those aren't viable career paths. They do quite well.
Beats the hell out of me.