Re: High School Reform
- Another way business could help is through vocational programs.
There are many kids who just may not go to college for one reason or
another. I know it would not be possible to have a vocational high
school as other states have. But there are many diverse local
businesses who could help set up a system of vocational
positions/training for these students. Every child should have the
opportunity to make a living doing what he/she loves and vocational
training can give that to some kids. I know it did for a friend of
mine. He went to the vocational/technical school in N.J. near us.
He now owns his own auto body shop. He may not have gone to
college, but he says he loves what he does and even owns his own
home. He said he never would have thought that possible when his
parents sent him there in 9th grade. Now he couldn't have seen
himself anywhere else.
- Mr. Genser:
Some of us have met you and yes we think you set yourself on a
pedestal. You must feel you are on a pedestal as you still have not
answered why business people like yourself have not worked to help
kids for whom vocational services may be their only chance for job
with a LIVING WAGE!! I have a child who most likely will not go to
a four year college, yet I was told there is no money for additional
vocational services to address the vocational assessment my child
finally received. So she has an assessment but like a restraining
order, it is worth no more than the paper it is written on. Have
any of the business representatives and/or businesses offered to set
up training programs/positions for these kids? Again I ask, are we
only concerned with those kids who will go to college or are we
going to address ALL educational avenues that these kids can explore?
The parents of the WCCUSD will be much more likely to trust and
believe in these committees if and when these questions and others
like them are adequately explored and answered.