Let me explain my thoughts. If schools continually cannot fill technology positions and not offer tech classes the state could relax or remove the mandate for technology completely. Ending the era of technology education and replacing it with who know what. The writing is on the wall and some of the damage has already begun. However we can reverse some of this damage by standing up for the T in STEM, being a member of your states technology association (NYSTEEA), taking the time to publicize your students work and how important technology education is, encouraging your students to become technology teachers. You can simple say to a student "I think you would make a great technology teacher, if you want to know more we can sit down and talk." You can have them visit both Buffalo State and Oswego State online and possibly take a select few on a field trip to the college. If every tech teacher encouraged a couple of students to look into becoming a tech teacher and only a small percentage of those actually fallow through with it, this shortage could be avoided. Please do your part.
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