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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Perkins, Now More Than Ever

From the conception of vocational education starting with the Morrill act of 1862, where public lands were given to each state to be sold for the purpose of raising funds to establish colleges that would emphasize the study of agriculture, the Federal Government has been the financial backbone of career and technical education. Over the years our Government has put up the necessary funds needed to provide the most modern technologies of the day in order to train men and women to meet the ever changing needs of the country. This funding has been used to build buildings, to buy equipment, pay for books and supplies, to provide funds to pay for the expenses of educating students and to pay the salaries of teachers and staff members. These funds have never been provided without just cause. Because of this training, we have feed the world and provided the USA with the highest standard of living in the world. We have made unconceivable advancement in medicine that has increased the life expectancy of every person. The advancements in technology are changing at a faster pace than the world has ever known. It is for this reason that Career and Technical Education is increasingly more important. The Carl D Perkins Career and Technical Education improvement Act of 2006 has been passed in order to address this need. Like many times in the past, our country has gotten to a point where we have fallen behind in our career and technical training. This legislation requires more accountability of CTE programs to insure that today’s students will have the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the needs of business and industry. In order to meet these demands, higher academic and technical standards must be set. Rigorous and challenging instruction must be provided. Partnerships between the various educational institutions and the community must be developed. CTE teachers, faculty, administrators and counselors as well as persons employed in career and technical fields will need continuing education. If there has ever been a time for the Federal Government to help the citizens of the USA help themselves into a better and stronger tomorrow, today is the day. It is for this reason that I think that we, the educators, should speak up and demand for our Government to provide the financial resources that is needed to expand the CTE programs necessary for our country’s future.

1 comment:

Thozi said...

I could not agree more with your analysis. Educators should advocate for formal program evaluations to be performed in order to make it easier to convince law-makers that the funds are being used correctly.