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Video instructions and help with filling out and completing Will 8850 Form Vocational

Instructions and Help about Will 8850 Form Vocational

Education the NewsHour has long been committed to covering that topic and starting tonight we'll be expanding our coverage on Tuesdays with a new feature series called making the grade we'll provide in-depth reporting on education issues at every level from early childhood and preschool all the way through high school and beyond with the world of higher education we'll explore the most fundamental concerns in schools communities and workplaces and we'll also cover plenty of approaches you may not have heard about yet tonight we focus on vocational education there's a growing recognition of its value for some students but how do you determine when it's working for the long haul special correspondent john tulenko of education week has our story this year's some three million students will graduate from high school and most will go on to college it ought to be something to celebrate but in fact nearly 40% of those who go to four-year colleges and some 70% of students at community colleges will never earn their degree it's the shame of our nation when you look at a student comes out of high school not knowing what they want to do goes to college drops out now they're in debt without a job and not knowing what they want to do they're worse off than they were you know as little as a year before and that's all preventable all of it one solution principal Dave wheeler says lies in schools like his southeastern regional Vocational Technical High School south of Boston here in addition to the regular school subjects students learn skill trades and professions and if they choose instead of college they can go directly into the workforce you can become anything you want here if you take advantage of what we have choosing a career program starts in ninth grade students spend the first semester sampling each of the roughly 20 professions taught here Dejan Lopes chose culinary arts we like to cook everything a whole bunch of foreign dishes American dishes anything you name it we got it this right here is a Asian scallop saute is this a new dish for you yes Cheverus time the first time yeah man it's not like you're opening a book and reading about it culinary arts teacher Holika 4e it's hands-on which is so different that's very nice they come in here every day and open a restaurant and we do all of the functions for the school this car has gave us a lot of love in collision repair the work is also real a customer brings into the car we like do estimate on it this is someone's car yeah and then after you call the customer oh it's on bunch of cars and start preparing it almost all of our shops do some form of we call it live work write down the hair a little bit more cosmetology it takes clients construction we've done complete renovations of buildings we've done websites for people we do printing there's no better way to engage a student than they're doing real meaningful work of course they also do academics every other week students are in traditional classes full-time every single kid is going to learn algebra everyone's gonna get a high level literature class everyone's going to get physics on the state math test seventy-three percent of students scored above proficient in English ninety percent numbers that nearly match state averages and southeastern 93 percent graduation rate is better than average on the flip side SAT scores and scores on advanced placement tests lags significantly behind the state as a whole but for Dave wheeler those are not the numbers that matter most when we do follow-up studies generally speaking we hit the 90 high ninety percent range of students that are either in the workforce continue to be enrolled in college or have you know gone into the military at the point is to get you to be a happy productive citizen this approach is getting lots of attention from reformers these days who see it as a way to improve engagement and achievement in high schools but Career and Technical Education or CTE as it's sometimes called has its critics even though that is what people are touting as a possibility whereas CTE programs in the reality I don't think it's going to happen during her 15 years as an award-winning high school principal in New York State Carol Burris had an insider's view on these programs I think a lot of schools will take kids that are behavior issues and will say you know what I think Technical Education is where you need to be I think they will take kids who have learning disabilities and rather than work with them and academics push them on that track we just know that historically almost from the start high schools were organized into tracks with separate programs for students bound for college and those bound for work and oftentimes the way the system made that decision was based on the color of their skin or by their zip code you can imagine that it was mostly kids of color and low-income kids who were shuffled into vocational programs many of which were terrible but Mike Petrelli who heads the Thomas Ford immense to do an education think tank says a major shift was coming there was a big effort to D track the high schools and the middle schools starting the late 1980s early 90s which was very successful in most big cities we decided that we were going to give academic education which essentially teaches abstraction we decided to give that to everybody through high school the mission of public schools changed says economist Tony Carnevale and College became the goal the basic American model is high school to Harvard the difficulty with that is it doesn't work for most students you asked the teacher why am i.

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