Re: “Making a case for shop class” (Bill Virgin column, 10-14).
The columnist points out how education in America started going off track. In the 1980s, politicians and academics started to think the only path for our kids was a four-year college education. Over the next 30 years, exploratory shop classes started to be replaced with more academic subjects; “higher standards” put more emphasis on standardized tests.
Our next generation of technicians, Boeing machinists, and skilled workers need to experience courses in school that introduce applications of academics and not just prepare them to pass a state test. Support career and technical education classes in your schools.