Ready To Work: Reviving Vocational Ed

Ready To Work: Reviving Vocational Ed


Pictured: A student learns welding at a vocational high school in Massachusetts.

Credit: Emily Hanford

Listen On-Demand: Vocational education was once a staple of American schooling,preparing some kids for blue-collar futures while others were put on a path to college. Today that kind of tracking smacks of classism. "College for all" is the new mantra. But not everyone wants to go to college, and nearly half of jobs don't require a bachelor's degree. Many experts say it's time to bring career and technical education back. American Radio Works "Ready To Work: Reviving Vocational Ed", explores how vocational education has changed and how it's re-shaping debates about the purpose of school.

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