Over the years I have had hundreds of parents dragged into my room by excited students during Open House. After hearing the course description I hear comments like "Can I take your class", "We need more of this in our schools", and "I wish somebody taught me that when I was in school". These comments are great; unfortunately I am just giving an introduction to technology because I only have 20 weeks with my students. During that period I cover a lot of cool things in my class like Tech Concepts, Woodworking, Computer Aided Drawing, Electricity, Plumbing, Home repair, Internet Safety and Web Design. While teaching these topics I have the students reading, writing, and using math. Guess what, my kids don't complain about it either. The only complaint I hear is" awe I have to go to ELA or math next." Not realizing that I just had them adding and subtracting fractions, and writing descriptive instructions on how to do something or updating their daily activity log on their website.
Maybe I am ignorant and blind to educational theory, but wouldn't it make sense to have more technology classes in schools if that is what the kids like and it contains reading, writing ,and math. It is a fact that manufacturing is coming back to the States; and a lot of it is in the form of robotic manufacturing. The jobs that are in high demand are good paying jobs like electro-mechanical engineers, computer programmers, robotic technicians, and so on. We do not need to push students in this direction, we just need to pave the pathway for them to get there.
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