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Topic: Many in Massachusetts are unprepared for college
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Re: Many in Massachusetts are unprepared for college
Posted: Sep 25, 2012 11:00 AM
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Paul A. Tanner, III Posted: Sep 24, 2012 1:58 PM
> And the sky is falling because of the inevitable result
>(as evidenced by the article) of the US trying (and not
>really succeeding at) that which no other country on
>Earth tries because of the fact they they are wise
>enough to see that what is not doable is not doable?
> Is there any grey matter at all between those
> conservative ears?

Try again.

Vocational high schools, vocational programs in comprehensive high schools, and inter-district vocational programs such as offered by NYS's BOCES (Boards of Cooperative Educational Services) were commonplace, not that long ago (ie, within living memory). What happened to all those high schools and all those programs?

Here is a clue: The Prime Directive.

Our friendly, neighborhood social engineers observed that some young people went on to colleges and became doctors, lawyers, and accountants, while other young people went the vocational route and became <Gasp!> carpenters, welders, electricians, and mechanics. (Let's not even speak of boys taking shop (ie, woodworking and some metal work) and girls taking home economics (primarily cooking and baking).)

Mere blocks away in my own neighborhood there is a high school that was originally founded, near the turn of the 20th century, as the Manual Training High School. For several generations, young people were trained in the manual crafts and went on to productive lives. People were happy, and the social engineers could not stand it; there was A Gap, you see, and the social engineers could not live with it.

The successful Manual Training High School was therefore reorganized into John Jay High School, an institution so perfectly awful* that, in 2003, it was broken up into several small schools, each one worse than the other.

None of this was done by conservatives. There is one reason and one reason only for the demise of vocational training in American public education: The Education Mafia.

Thomas Sowell tells a similar story about certain academic high schools, for example

Dunbar High School was a first class academic school with one major problem: it was all black. Well, our bien-pensants of the left had to choose. Which was more important to them, black childen getting a first class education or black children sitting next to white children? The bien pensants made their choice, and generations of black children in DC have been paying a heavy price for it (moral hazard, anyone?).

The pattern is the same in both cases. The Education Mafia have an ideology, and they are going to make us live it, whether we like it or not, whether it is successful or not. It is not successful, even by their own standards, but they would rather fail, and remain ideologically pure, than give up their ideology and succeed.

No representation without taxation.
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*From an entering class of about 1,000 9th graders, approximately two dozen would graduate.

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