Magazine article Technology & Learning

The Nation Rediscovers Voc Ed

Magazine article Technology & Learning

The Nation Rediscovers Voc Ed

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In this month's issue we examine the evolution of what some of us remember as vocational education. Kids in that "non-academic" track didn't have the luxury of knowing four years of college still buffered them from the sobering world of real work, so the attitudes in those classrooms were pretty no-nonsense.

In "Career Education in the Digital Age," page 22, Greg Kane, supervisor for Technology Education, Engineering, and Agricultural Education in the state of Connecticut, remembers the era of building shoeboxes in wood shop. "School's not like that and society's not like that anymore," he says. "We have to have the ability to tool and re-tool with change." Also weighing in on the subject are experts such as Autodesk's Paul Mailhot and Cisco Networking Academy's Gene Longo who bring us up to speed on the international trends setting global standards for Career and Technology Education. You may be surprised at what C-TE has to teach traditional core curriculum in the digital century. …

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