Vocational Education Journal

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. 70, No. 8, November

"Academic Snobs" Have a Lot to Learn
For years vocational educators have known the truth about education. Educators trained solely in core academics might teach an entire career and never discover it. The truth is that for education to have value--for it to be meaningful and stick in the...
A Haus-Building Chef
Even a jack of all trades has a solid base. Paul Austing can build, design, decorate and do moderate repairs around the house--but first and foremost, he can cook.Austing earned a restaurant and hotel food preparation associate's degree from Milwaukee...
A Model Reform
Fourteen-year-olds in the United States by law are too young to vote, too young to drink alcoholic beverages and too young to go to war. In most states, 14-year-olds are too young to buy cigarettes, too young to get married and too young to drive a car....
Change Is Key to Survival
As America continues to move from an industrial to a technological and information-based society, an acceleration in school reform initiatives has occurred across the nation. The call for school reform began in 1983 with the report "A Nation At Risk."Unfortunately,...
Delaware Schools Take Off
There's nothing like declining enrollment to focus the mind, especially when your school competes for the hearts and minds of students and parents. So when the leaders of Delaware's vocational-technical school districts saw applications--and in some...
Education for a New Era
We are at a point where we need to totally rethink the basic scheme, the basic purpose, the basic paradigm of our schooling process in this country.We now need total systemic change. Our western model of education was designed primarily by Plato to sort...
Keep the Pressure On
There's never been a time when your role as a vocational-technical educator has been more important. Large numbers of young people seem to lose their sense of direction between the ages of 18 and 25. Our efforts to focus attention on the 75 percent of...
One-Stop Shopping
Bernadette Michaels and Aletha Hill* would rather be working, but months of unemployment haven't completely doused their spirits. Searching for professional positions at the Maryland Outplacement Assistance Center in Baltimore, they engage in an unusual...
Technology and Distance Education
Technology education faces an increasing need to serve community development through satellite technology. Technology education curriculums and present school-to-work efforts have to address this change.Investing in human capital is crucial in today's...
The Membership Menu
Eating out is a favorite pastime. Who can resist the temptations of going into a restaurant and being able to pick and choose from a menu while someone else prepares the food?If you are the "chief cook and bottle washer," then eating out can play an...
The Specialists
"When are we ever going to use this stuff?" is a question all too familiar to teachers of academic subjects. At the other end of the learning spectrum, vocational-technical instructors keep hearing employers say, "Our new employees don't have the basic...
To the Critics, the Spoils
Steve Sorton, president of Tor Tool Works, spent years developing a new tool for the residential home building industry. His new product, The Joister, was designed to help professional carpentry framers hang joists faster and more accurately.Instead...
Utility Partnership Yields High-Tech Center
In May 1994, the Board of Trustees of Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania--in collaboration with Pennsylvania Power & Light Company, the state's Ben Franklin programs and the Electric Power Research Institute--joined forces and...
"You Must Be Crazy"
Recently I talked to a vocational student who related to me the following story: This person had been a good student on the college prep track at a typical high school. Then the student decided to enroll part-time in a local area vocational school for...