Magazine article Techniques

Editor's Note

Magazine article Techniques

Editor's Note

Article excerpt

September traditionally means the beginning of the new school year, but following the events that occurred one year ago, the month now carries another weightier significance. While this issue contains some of our typical back-to-school articles, we simply could not ignore the events of last September; their magnitude is much too great.

A LOOK BACK

As we approach the anniversary of the September day that changed our country forever, Americans may find themselves reflecting upon what it means to be a citizen of this great nation. And teachers may again be faced with helping children in their classrooms deal with the emotions that resurface as the media outlets are filled with the inevitable 9/11 commemorations.

THE REALITY OF TODAY

In career and technical education, there are a number of programs that are focused much more on dealing with the actualities of such events, and learning a little more about these programs offers a certain measure of reassurance for the future.

From Wisconsin to Texas and from Virginia to California, career and technical training is preparing firefighters, law enforcement professionals, emergency medical technicians and hazardous materials workers to handle emergencies and help avert potential future disasters. The students in these courses often have the most sophisticated high-tech equipment and simulators at their disposal. But perhaps the most valuable resources they will be given are the instructors who are able to offer the unique perspective of years of on-the-job experience. It seems that many of those teaching these courses today are retired professionals who bring more than just knowledge to the classroom. …

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