A recent editorial in the NY Times points out what many educators, parents and employers often observe: “ American students are bored by math science and engineering.”
Two of the Times’ Editorial Board’s recommendations for addressing this crisis are focused on career and technical education:
- A more flexible curriculum, including the right mix of career and technical education. Students at NJ’s county vocational-technical schools use real-world applications of math, science, technology and engineering in their career programs every day
- Experience in the Real World, including schools that link STEM courses to potential employers and careers. Employers help drive the curriculum at county vocational-technical schools, and work-based learning experiences enable students to see the importance of STEM and literacy skills in their future careers.