Texas Ed: Comments on Education from Texas

June 10, 2006

Is your mechanic college ready?

Filed under: common sense, High School, standards, Texas Education Agency — texased @ 9:47 pm

TEA has a website just for “good news” about public schools. It’s pretty slick looking, especially compared to it’s dropout data page. However, I wonder if anyone else has notice the incongruence of the following to “good news” items:

TEA: Our Schools Our Stars: Good News:

HEB ISD automobile technician training program receives certification from NATEF The District’s automobile technician training program has received certification from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).

TEA: Our Schools Our Stars: Good News:

Rigorous graduation requirements implemented Texas was one of the first two states in the nation to make a college-ready curriculum the standard high school curriculum for all students, beginning with students who were freshmen in the 2004-2005 school year, according to Closing the Expectations Gap 2006, a report by Achieve, Inc. (AI)

Do our automobile technicians really need a college-ready curriculum? Our society needs auto mechanics. By pushing everyone to a college track are we short-changing our society as well as interested students from a needed and well paying occupation?

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