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ERIC Number: EJ767455
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Industrial Arts/Technology: What Are We Doing?
Howlett, James; Huff, Brad
Phi Delta Kappan, v88 n10 p764-767 Jun 2007
The push to prepare all students for college has resulted in the near disappearance of high school industrial arts courses. This trend is exemplified by California high schools' adherence to the University of California and California State University systems' prescribed courses, called the "A to G" requirements, which students must take successfully to qualify for admission. None can be satisfied by a "skill training" class--despite the fact that industrial arts courses support the academic core subjects of math and reading, and the fact that among the students in California's 2004 high school graduating class (the latest for which data have been published), only 14% entered a four-year college or university. Why were 86% of these graduates forced into a curriculum of college entrance courses? Why are students who come in all shapes being pushed through the same round hole? The authors warn that this unfortunate trend endangers the future of both non-college-bound students and the U.S. as a whole. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California