Techniques

This magazine has news on legislative affecting career and technical education, features on issues and program, profiles of educators and notices of new products.

Articles from Vol. 71, No. 6, September

A Light Beckons
RURAL SOUTH CAROLINA SWALLOWS ITS TRAVELERS WHOLE AS THEY STRAY FROM THE INTERSTATE AND WANDER ONTO ROUTE 21 SOUTH. SUDDENLY THE HIGHWAY IS A LONELY ROAD MOVING THROUGH A SCENE AS STATIC AS A DRUMROLL: CORNFIELD, PARCHED LAND, HOUSE, CORNFIELD, HOUSE,...
AVA Efforts Improve Federal Outlook for Voc Ed
As students and vocational educators start the new school year, Congress is completing its work for this session. With adjournment expected in early October, Congress must quickly finish on spending bills as well as a number of politically important...
Billings Won't Run for Office
Judith Billings has decided not to run for Congress after her second term as Washington state's Superintendent of Public Instruction ends in January. The Vocational Education Journal ("Keeping Up," March 1996) reported on Billings' congressional consideration...
Former Education Secretary Urged School Reform
Former Education Secretary (19811985)Terrel H. Bell died June 22 in Salt Lake City, Utah, of pulmonary fibrosis. He was 75. Bell wrote "Education Needs Cabinet-Level Status" for the Vocational Education Journal ("Forum," October 1995), in which he defended...
For Now, We'll Keep AVA
For almost two years, the Board of Directors has been gathering your views on an important issue that may affect AVA's future whether to change the association's name. After carefully studying the data and discussing the issue from every possible angle,...
Hardship Duty
A rising tide of youth violence has teachers worried about the safety of their workplace Even as the teenager released the safety on the 9mm Beretta and pointed the handgun squarely at his chest, Barrington Miles was not afraid. The Maryland high school...
Image Is Everything (Almost)
As much as we like to complain about the omnipresence of advertising, it's hard to argue with the effectiveness of certain images and slogans. Who can't identify the Coke symbol or associate the phrase "image is everything" to Canon cameras? The public's...
Interview with Lester Thurow
In his latest book, The Future of Capitalism, best-selling author Lester Thurow describes five major forces that will radically change the shape of capitalism and global competition. As America loses its economic and political dominance on the world...
Mad about Layoffs
Business has been taking a beating lately, and we've been taking it lying down. We've been getting hit from the right, the left and the center. Pat Buchanan accuses us of promoting trade deals that send American jobs to the Third World. Robert Reich...
Meeting Electronic Challenges
While technological advances are a benefit to the classroom, keeping up with computer software and programs can be a challenge to instructors. IN THIS REPORT Advanced instructional technology has made a vast difference in technical education. Classroom...
Mixing Work and Play
For Chase Mitchell, "a little hobby" has taken a turn for the profitable. An automotive technology instructor at Orem's Utah Valley State College, Mitchell says he's always had an interest in computers and developing software. About three years ago he...
Net Access for Schools-Cheap
On March 9, nearly 50,000 volunteers installed more than 6,000,000 feet of cable in K-12 California schools, bringing about one million students a step closer to Internet access. Similar NetDay activities took place throughout the U.S. that day, but...
Not Thriving-But Surviving Nicely
Pasadena's vocational education experiment is yielding mixed results. Six years after the California school district implemented seven industrysupported "partnership academies" to revitalize moribund voc ed programs, enrollment is holding steady at about...
Role Models
While Farkas can't get his students literally "in the field" like this as often as he'd like, he continually gives them examples of how higher math concepts are used on the job in professions from carpentry to fire fighting. "Algebra II can easily be...
Sine of the Times
It is 2:10 on a humid June afternoon as students file in to Victor Farkas's algebra II and trigonometry class at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia. A little spring rowdiness would be excusable among these...
State Update
State Update highlights the activities of members and other organizations at the state and regional level Readers are encouraged to send submissions to: Techniques, 1410 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314, or fax to (703) 683-7424. ALASKA-Fred Esposito,...
Talking the Talk
xpanding one's vocabulary is an important part of keeping up with technology. Terms like "browser" and "Gopher" easily could confuse someone not familiar with the latest lingo. Each month "Plugged In" will feature several Internet terms. In this issue,...
Teaching Electronics Via Satellite
Nebraska was the first state to purchase a dedicated multiplechannel transponder for educational use. This technology makes broadcast possible worldwide. Earlier this year, for example, a preparatory class for the Certified Electronics Technician exam...
Youth Violence Is Everyone's Concern
It's disturbing to be living in an era when Congress feels the need to pass a "gun-free schools" act. No, bullets aren't flying in schools. Classrooms aren't war zones. Odds are that most teachers will not experience a life-threatening assault while...