The Nashville Business Journal reports demand greatly outstripping supply at the Tennessee Technology Center at Murfreesboro. Programs include AC/Refrigeration, Automotive Tech, Business Systems, CAD/AutoCAD, Dental Assisting, Practical Nursing, etc. Part of the demand is being driven by lottery scholarships -- and lottery money cannot be used for secondary education.
OK, what's wrong with this picture? Students are bored and don't work during high school, sometimes disrupting the education of others. Once they get out, they try to get technical education that's in too-limited supply. Meanwhile, the State Board of Education is pushing all students to a college prep curriculum.
Tell me again. Why can we not offer students a real option to earn a meaningful certification (license) that will gain them entry to a quality job immediately on graduation from high school? Whose interests are being protected by our refusal to offer this option. Students? Or adults?