The Sunday newspaper supplement Parade magazine has a cover story on "Putting America Back to Work," and promises as a guru "Robert Reich on the future of manufacturing jobs." Inside, Reich´s article is titled "What America Needs Now." Like a good liberal, Reich insisted "we should follow Germany´s lead." America´s high schools need a fifth year for what liberals call the working class: More than 12 million students are projected to drop out of high school over the next decade; the millions more with diplomas face bleak job prospects. Many young people (and their parents) still assume that the only
I remember something on a news program where Monica´s boyfriend was showing a doll house size model of something to Reich. Clinton told him he could move into one of the rooms in the model. Everyone laughed. If that had been GWB, they would have been horrified.
So Robert Reich wants students to march like Germans, eh. He sounds like the Third Reich.
Maybe we should have the Obama Youth (like they had the Hitler Youth) and perhaps persecute a certain class or a certain ethnicity, intern them in Prison Camps make them slaves of forced labor for the Reich program and that would make this a better economy.
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The Other Guy, 9/1/2013 1:52:39 PM (No. 9501251)
I don´t know about the German aspect, but there´s nothing at all wrong with advocating trades and trade schools as an alternative to college. Whether offered as a fifth year of traditional high school or as a stand alone two year technical school. Back in the day, my schooling included shop classes beginning in either the 7th or 8th grade (I forget which) and running through my senior year in high school. Would have made me employable at an apprentice level in several different trades if I would have followed that route. Of course, education then also taught me to read, write, speak coherently and do math. We´d be much better off if what passes for education now dropped all of the classes devoted to social issues and returned to what was once defined as academics.
#9 has it right. There´s a need for technical training and the proper place to start it is in high school. Reich´s idea is typical, to put a layer on top of a failed system, which, as #12 points out, would mask high youth unemployment.
Actual training isn´t some new-fangled foreign idea.
I cannot believe the animosity here against the Germans, as well as the animosity of the author. Their technical school approach is a brilliant idea and is one of the reasons that the Germany economy is in so much better shape than that of so many other countries.
Too many Americans have this stupid idea that all students should be trained as college material. The result has been two-fold: (1) Vocational training has been nearly eliminated from high school and (2) Jobs that should require only a high school education and some training now require a college degree.
The apprentice system, which Americans have done away with, is alive and well in Germany. Instead, our employers lament that they can´t find experienced people for the trades - but they refuse to train them and our high schools schools refuse to train them. Why should freshman college English be a prerequisite for repairing air conditioners or becoming a plumber? We waste billions with our education system.
Read up on it...instead of getting bent out of shape by the fact that a Dem suggested it or that it is a system that works in Germany. WW II ended a long, long time ago.
I´ve always advocated a vocational / technical path for those not planning to be Engineers, Doctors, Nurses, Research scientists etc.
An apprentice plumber or electrician earns more than a ´liberal arts´ graduate does after 10 years of flipping burgers or working for the gummint as a low level bureaucrat.
But Reich is an idiot wanting to add another year to high school. Split them off after they learn to read, rite and do ´rithmetic. With competent teachers, that could be done at 9th grade; not the ´13th´.
That 13th year would hire a lot of teachers.... Those at risk kids are just being warehoused the last couple years and adding a 13th does nothing. Kill the stupid social programs and let kids opt for a trades track in 9th or 10th grade and do things they enjoy learning about and can put to use after graduation
Please excuse the multiple reply. Some high schools offer a 13th year option. But the 13th year of free, public education is not free. It becomes especially expensive if year 13 became customary. And, as usual, the taxpayer would have to write the check. This seems like an incremental step toward the transformation of college education to entitlement status.
What is needed are colleges that teach TRADES, such as carpentry, plumbing, electrical repair, large equipment operation, welding, machine operation, and so forth. These can be local two year schools that teach people what they need to get jobs, with practical, hands-on applications, and internships with companies. This nonsense of having to join a union and learn while on the job just holds people back and is riddled to cronyism. Most of the folks hired have a "connection" with the employer.
I don´t know if things are still the same as they were in Germany in the 60s, but a young German-born carpenter came to do some work on our house back then.
He told my parents that he emigrated to the US because he could have his own business here. If he had stayed in Germany, he said, he would have had to work for someone to whom he had been apprenticed. He said the "master" owned the tools, and he would not have been allowed to own his own tools or work for himself alone. Here in the US, he was proud to say that he owned all his own tools and owned his own business, answering to no one. He said this would have been impossible in Germany.
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