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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
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Thursday, February 6, 2014

disagree with 5

I would have to disagree. Not every class is something that every student needs, but Vocational education as a whole offers something that is useful to everyone. When I first read this I was reminded of a demo we did this summer at N.T.I. Terry did his on writing a check. When he began to talk about teaching this in his class, I remember thinking “this is something every student should learn”. I was impressed that they had to write down their transaction in their register, and keep a balance. I have also heard this theory from some students, that state “I’m not gonna be a construction worker”. I answer them with this question “are you going to live in a house?” Usually they say yes and I explain to them that if they need a carpenter to come to their house that it will usually cost a minimum of $150.00. I continue with “if you can nail on a shingle, or unclog your drain, or put on a door knob yourself, you have saved lots of your hard earned money. Every student that Cabrera teaches isn’t going to be a technician, but they will all need their oil changed at some time. Career Tech or Vocational Education, whatever you call it has lifelong benefits that everyone needs in one way or another.


cortney rae said...

Your comments are very thoughtful Chris. I agree there is value in any field of vocational education. I believe society takes the individuals that pursue vocational education for granted or sometimes thinks less of them; until they need their sink fixed, their car worked on, or possibly someone to correct their bathroom color job gone bad!! In and of itself I would say that vocation education is NOT for everyone. However, I do believe that EVERYONE enrolled has the opportunity to learn something that can benefit them in some way.

Mr. H said...

First off, let me say I agree with you on your statement Chris. It really is a hard choice to make when you say all yes or all no to a question, especially when there is so much gray area and not so black and white. In this scenario

I can see where Prosser's statement has some meaning and depth to it, but again, like true and false questions when you see the words always or never these are big clues to them being false. In light of what the professor was saying I respect his thoughts, but I agree with both Courtney and Chris that there is value in every field of vocational education.

I like to refer to the statement of life skills. We teach them life skills, common sense solutions, and practical/meaningful thoughts to contribute positively to society. That in and of itself is a big thing.