REHM 10:55:33 Do you think that high schools are likely to put more and more of that vocational training back into the curriculum?
FERGUSON 10:55:42 I think, yes, but I think it's going to look very different than what we saw in the past. This idea of working in a shop is probably not going to be what we're going to see.
FERGUSON 10:55:50 But seeing students being able to do medical training, perhaps, on-site at a lab near their school or have folks come in and teach them certain things, if they think that they're going to be interested in studying medicine or studying science or engaging in partnerships with local businesses who mutually support the school, I think that it's going to be innovations on this theme, perhaps, a career technical education for the 21st century is great.
REHM 10:56:12 Randi, I'll give you the last word.
WEINGARTEN 10:56:13 If we -- so I just -- I can't reiterate what Maria just said. If there was one thing -- if I could have one wish -- and this is as a former high school teacher -- this is about you have to take kids where they are, not where you want them to be.
WEINGARTEN 10:56:29 And I think if we figured out a way to have project-based learning so that every child, every student had a project that they had to focus on, whether it was art, whether it was music, whether it was vocational educational, things like that, we would actually find ways to create real relevance for kids because we have to connect them the way so that they see that education is key to their future.Sadly, educators of nearly all stripes fail to understand the specific relationship between the hands and learning. I say yes to the internships, yes to the career and technical education. Yest to the project based learning. Each can engage the hands. But we also need opportunities for ALL students to engage the world creatively, making things of useful beauty in order to more fully understand the culture we have inherited from our grandparents. And for children to understand and appreciate their own creative potentials.
Today in the wood shop, Matt Kenney from Fine Woodworking will join me to photograph processes for two articles. My temporary assistant will be applying Danish oil to boxes.
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