Vocational programs have been closing in public schools since the mid 1980's. In 2008 the Mayor of New York City proposed opening more career and technical schools. This work summarizes the history of vocational education, ideological struggles over how the education would be presented in American public schools, the importance of working with the hands, and the importance of training workers for jobs that keep society functioning. It includes personal glimpses into the process of vocational education through the eyes of a craftsman/industrial worker who taught a skilled craft (jewelry making and metalwork) in a public vocational high school in New York City. It makes the case that there are many gains to he made for individuals and society from teaching people to work with their hands, eyes, brain and shoulder—not least of which is the long historical movement from stone age technology to the silicon age.
|School:||State University of New York Empire State College|
|School Location:||United States -- New York|
|Source:||MAI 48/03M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Design, Education policy, Vocational education|
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