WHAT IS THE GOAL OF EDUCATION IN THE EYES OF PARENTS?
Most would say, "The best education possible for my child." What is the goal of education in the eyes of business and community members? Most would say, "To make children valuable contributors to our economy." What is the ambition of educators? Most would say. 'LTo provide the best educational opportunities for students to succeed "So what is the answer to all of these questions? Career and technical education (CTE) is the answer.
In a January 2007 'Techniques article, "The Premier Educational Delivery System," by Elliot and Deimler, CTE was labeled as having a premier educational delivery system because it provides a range of learning, depth of skill and application of principles as demonstrated in Figure 1.
Another way of saying this is that CTE provides comprehensive education through the Total CTE Program Model (see Figure 2). The Total CTE Program Model includes six parts:
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* Rigorous classroom instruction
* Hands-on laboratory instruction
* Relevant work-based learning
* Personal and leadership development through Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs)
* Relationships with partners
Integration is interpreted in many different ways. Integration, in this case, is the incorporation of core skills--language, science, mathematics, social studies and/or the incorporation of career skills. Integration can also be the incorporation of teams of teachers in a smaller learning community or academy based on student interests across career clusters. Within CTE courses, students don't ask the question, "Why are we learning this?" They can see the Pythagorean Theory in plumbing a wall, the purpose of an outline when giving a speech, technical writing in a lab report or business plan, biological functions in curing diseases, or the economic, theory in practice while creating a marketing plan. The answer is obvious to its application and relevance when students see them in real-world contexts.
Figure 1: Premier Educational Delivery System
Delivery Content Application Motivation
Career and Technical Experimental Personal and
Technical Instruction(classroom) Development Leadership
Education (Laboratory Development
Work-based (CTE Student
Domains of Cognitive Psychomotor Affective
7 Habits of Knowledge Skill Desire
Center for Academics Skill Character Building
Research and Hands-on
National Rigor Relevance Relationship
Academic Content Delivered Not Not Applicable
Class Applicable Usually
In CTE, a coherent sequence of study is rigorous classroom instruction that includes conversations about industry standards, technical skills and being a contributor within a team. …