afan95 wrote:Well when they started taking woodworking and other trade classes out of school because of budget cuts and only emphasized those classes that would get you into college, this is what happened. There are people out there with college degrees making $45K per year and there are people out there with trade school certificates making $80K.
Noto's right, blue collar has a stigma to it. But blue collar isn't what it used to be either. Mfg plants don't run on physical power and tool and die machinery only. Most of it's computerized and the worker has to learn how to run it, analyze what the problems are when it isn't working, and figure out what systems can be put in place when the computer generated program starts acting up. This requires the worker to think and that's what they don't teach in school anymore.
And they don't teach that for the student preparing for the mfg world or the college world. Just ask many college professors.
'Tisn't only woodworking and auto mechanics. Brooklyn Tech went into hands on knowlege and information enabling a student to pass an employment interview for electrical technition architect, or a journeyman electrician exam ( for example).. A compainion school, Manual Arts< taught everything from plumbing through cosmology.. .
The progressive education system refuses to accept there are three separate classes of studfents out there.
Those who just want to get this whole boring thing over with, or can't absorb what is being taught.
Thise who are interested in a blue collar field, and can't manage to make straight As.
And those who want prepatory classes for college, or are shooting for a more technical career.
That facr messes with their idea that eveeryone is equal and responds to a cookie cutter education.