Why Schools Need to Bring Back Shop Class
Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D, is the author of Creative Schools, The Element, Finding Your Element and Out of Our Minds. The Education Committee of the US Senate is currently considering the re-authorization of No Child Left Behind. Much of the original rhetoric in NCLB was about improving job readiness and employability. In a tragic irony, the focus of the last ten years has not been on improving vocational programs at all but on testing narrow academic standards. Overall, the impact on students, schools and employability has been baleful. This is the time to change. A study from 2013 estimated that almost 6 million Americans between the ages of 16 and 24 are neither in school or work. In practice, our communities — and economies — depend on an enormous diversity of talents, roles, and occupations. As with many schools in the United States, the shop program at Analy High School in Sebastopol, California, had become largely irrelevant. Casey Shea, a teacher at Analy, ran with the idea.
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