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. 71, No. 4, April

A State of Wonder
Based at Mississippi State University near Starkville, the Mississippi Writing/Thinking Institute, is a statewide network of national writing project sites. It has been working with the state department of education's JTPA Summer Youth Remediation Program...
AVA Is Listening to You
Last month this column highlighted some of the many benefits you receive through your membership in AVA. Your dues are a wise investment that provides a direct, substantial return to you and also benefits the profession as a whole. Some of you may take...
Dreamer and Builder
Larry Rosenstock, executive director of Rindge School of Technical Arts (RSTA), seems custom fit for his role as leader of an integration experiment. Schooled in the liberal arts, he earned a law degree and helped write portions of the 1990 Perkins Act...
Educational Options in Arkansas
Consider this scenario. John has worked at the same job at Belden Wire and Cable Company in Clinton, Arkansas, for the past 20 years. He carefully has greased and oiled each gear of the hydraulic and pneumatic conveyor belt system and is proud of what...
E&T Update
AVA is keeping a close eye on what happens to employment and training legislation in Congress. Its legislative informational efforts in Congress have been very good. But more needs to come from the employment and training membership. Congress needs to...
For Better Results, Add Some TQM
When high school vocational programs move from shared-time settings into comprehensive vocational high school settings, as Delaware has done, some issues are resolved while others are created.A comprehensive vocational framework can offer many advantages...
Is America Shorting Its Students?
In Rethinking America, prize-winning journalist and best-selling author Hedrick Smith probes the worlds of business and education in three countries. His remarkably detailed work brings the global challenge into sharp focus.Like many Americans, Hedrick...
Lessons in Policy Analysis
Recently the budget debate in Congress has pushed emerging legislation to the background. And while the budget battle may be waged in Washington, D.C., it is watched by the entire nation This article will provide another opportunity-particularly for...
Reform Is Risky Business
Education reform is a little like boxing; few leave the ring unscathed.Assistant Editor Chuong-Dai Vo discovered this when she returned from Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she gathered material for a profile of the Rindge School of Technical Arts (p....
Starting at the Top
Why wait for the economy to produce good jobs for students? Entrepreneurship education programs across the country are teaching young people the psychology of owningSince the early 1980s, when the U.S. Department of Education launched a one-time entrepreneurship...
Talking with Hedrick Smith
The author of Rethinking America shares his observations of a "paradigm shift" in corporate America and its effect on education in an interview with the Vocational Education Journal"Rethinking America" might seem like a bold title to those who believe...
Technical Support
To keep fast-evolving technology running smoothly, high-skilled and specialized technicians will continue to be in demandAmericans love technology. We never seem to tire of coming up with more and more intricate machines and processes to make our lives...
Technology Initiative a Boon for Schools
In his State of the Union address in January, President Clinton made a statement that really caught my attention: "In our schools, every classroom in America must be connected to the information superhighway with computers and good software and well-trained...
The Benefits of Alliance
The Business and Education Transition Alliance (BETA) is a vocational-technical education program that creates and manages business and education partnerships to provide school-to-work training and employment opportunities for at-risk students. Students...
The English Translation
An American health occupations teacher visits london to share tech prep tipsJumping from the train at the Underground Station in London, I am propelled by the masses of people as I hurry down Kensington High Street for my appointment at the Royal Borough...
The Future of Work
SCHOOLS PLAY A VITAL ROLE IN PREPARING STUDENTS FOR A DEMANDING AND FICKLE WORKPLACE THAT CAN NO LONGER GUARANTEE SECURITY.Global competition is no longer debatable. It touches each fabric and electronic gadget in the home, work station and classroom....
The Partnership Club
Why do all the work yourself when you can get someone else to do it for you? It may sound like the easy way out, but schools and businesses in Oregon have learned that joining a business-education compact is a more effective way to work together.It seems...
Two Students, Two Countries: Two Vastly Different Outcomes
In chapter S of Rethinking America, "High School-The Neglected Majority," Smith tracks three middle-class, workbound students of comparable upbringings in the U.S. (Blue Springs, Missouri), Japan (Toyota City) and Germany (Stuttgart). These excerpts,...
When the Walls Break Down
Once seen as a dumping ground for students on the lower rung of the educational ladder, this Cambridge technical school has received national acclaim and vocal criticismIn 1888, philanthropist Frederick Rindge bequeathed land for the establishment of...