Magazine article Techniques

Leading Edge

Magazine article Techniques

Leading Edge

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The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can't be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it. -Harry Emerson Fosdick

AS RECENTLY AS A DECADE AGO, few could have imagined the world as we know it today. The changes in overall lifestyle are astounding and generally a testament to the adaptability of the human race. We keep up with it and have even adapted to accept and expect change to continue at an even faster pace. Those who have brought us those changes were mavericks. They saw the train of change coming and leapt aboard to develop new products, services and infrastructures. Some people refuse to accept the inevitability of change. Rather than jump aboard the train, they stand on the tracks trying to stop it-getting run over instead. I believe very strongly that career and technical education (CTE) has always been about change. I believe that CTE should be driving the train of change in education. As I travel across the country and visit CTE programs I see the innovations. I see the difference CTE is making in students' lives. I see how CTE is helping business and industry meet their need for a new and evolving workforce.

You and I both know this. However, recently I was told by someone very active and influential in the national education reform dialogue that CTE is perceived as "status quo." Yes, CTE should be a driver in the education reform dialogue, this person told me, but this will only happen if others identify and implement the changes to CTE. Needless to say, I was angry and frustrated. …

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