This article discusses the history of Career and Technical Education (CTE) and the current debates around it through an interview with Anthony Carnevale, Director of the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University. The interview explores the history of vocational and CTE in high schools as well as changes in the current economy and the corresponding need for students with specific work skills. The author looks at the advantages for students who participate in CTE programs as well as the perceived, and often real, concern that CTE programs are not high enough quality. He suggests curriculum reform is needed in all schools to include more practical skills.
This article provides a good overview of the debate surrounding CTE and may be of interest to anyone from the general public learning about the topic.
Source Organization: NPREd