Thursday, January 4, 2018


To be fair about this I had a chance to interview an IDEA high school principal.  Based on what I was  told the other day, their program is designed to discriminate against special needs kids, which becomes a mechanism to make them appear to be doing so well.  The principle was very clear, the job pays and ignoring the inequities to keep your job is just part of the job.  They are a college prep program and those in need a technical training for a job because they have no interest in college are not a good fit for IDEA.


From NPR:

"Manufacturing accounts for nearly a quarter of Germany's economy. In the U.S., it's about half that. A key element of that success is Germany's apprenticeship training program."

"Every year, about half a million young Germans enter the workforce through these programs. They provide a steady stream of highly qualified industrial workers that helps Germany maintain a reputation for producing top-quality products."


"Even in some of the big, big companies in Germany, in the upper management levels you have people who only have an apprentice and don't even have any university degree," he says."

.... .

"Rauner, one of the world's leading authorities on apprenticeships and vocational education, says historically, the U.S. approach to vocational education has been ineffective partly because it's often not directly connected to specific jobs at real companies.  Also, says Rauner, U.S. society has stigmatized vocational education, so most American parents see college as the only path to status and a good career for their children. "


Our educational system is not trying to align technical training to the extent it exists to real job demands.  We still have no robotics training and as such will never be offered a new manufacturing plant for a want of trained workers.  You can yell until you are blue in the face at BISD, and TSC and get no response.  In both entities there are people who understand the need, but are not supported in developing the program.

Another thing noted in this article is US schools are geared to University prep instead of job training.  All of these failed PhD's in education fail to understand we all learn differently and our brains are wired differently.  Instead of dropping out if they knew they could graduate and go into a good paying job based on their technical training they would stay.  BOCES has a 95% graduation rate.

The right to an education is constitutionally guaranteed, through high school.  BISD along with many other school  districts intentionally violate the constitutional rights of those who want technical training in needed fields, by pushing everyone to a university route.  

These PhD's in education are so poorly educated they fail to understand to meet your full brain potential you need balance in education.  Shop must be restored.  While lost on the PhDs shop actually builds critical thinking skills as you strive to apply your knowledge to problem solving.


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BOCES is a statewide,  My grandnephew graduated in avionic mechanics.  Right out of high school he is working full time for a private company doing avionic repairs at Islip MacArthur.  He needs two years at Suffolk County Community College to qualify to take the test to be fully licensed.  He is about to start his second semester.  He will work as a licensed mechanic after that until he can take the Suffolk county police department test, and get hired to do helicopter maintenance and repair.  

Leaving high school with a good paying job, gives him every incentive to finish the training.  Once he is hired by the Suffolk county PD, he is set through retirement with a great pay, retirement and other benefits.

It is time  Texas create a BOCES problem because without it we in Cameron County will never be offered the necessary job training to bring in manufacturing.


Anonymous said...

Also from NPR (part 1 of the series on manufacturing. your screen shots are from part 2)

Yvonne Schmittenberg has some advice: Pay attention to your workforce. Don't presume every kid should go to college. Get them interested in making things.

"I think this so important to keep the youngsters interested in manufacturing," the CEO says. "And this starts at the schools ... to have the kids running around with open eyes being interested in technical issues, see how things get done and really get them motivated on how to do that."

Lessons for the United States

What's the takeaway for U.S. companies? Can the U.S. embrace these qualities and boost manufacturing?

Martin Baily, an economist at the Brookings Institution and a former White House economic adviser, has studied the question. He says he thinks it would be a good thing if the U.S. had more manufacturing jobs and could provide work for people who aren't highly educated, but that such an expansion would be very difficult to achieve.

"I would not advise U.S. companies or U.S. policymakers to try to replicate what's happened in Germany," he says. "In fact, I would look at Germany and say you're going to have a tough time going forward, in fact you're already having a tough time as some production shifts to eastern Europe."

Baily says a big reason is that technology is advancing so fast that it will continue to displace even highly skilled manufacturing workers.

Some Germans are also worried about this. Jeromin Zettelmeyer, a former economic official in the German government who is now at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, says Germany may soon find that it's too reliant on manufacturing.

"There is a very serious worry that we might lose our manufacturing edge over the next 10-20 years and be in the same situation the U.S. is now — except, without having grown a new growth engine like the IT sector in the meantime," Zettelmeyer says.

As Germany and the U.S. face the future they are caught in a "grass is always greener" moment, where each sees in the other the thing it does not have. Even if Germany is really good at manufacturing, maybe it needs to try to emulate the U.S. and start looking beyond manufacturing to find postindustrial jobs to drive its economy.

Meanwhile, the U.S. faces an equally difficult question: How to provide decent jobs for workers who once would have been employed in manufacturing?

BobbyWC said...

Nice post. But I can tell you BOCES always look to the future and trends. BOCES will adapt as workforce needs change.

bobby WC