(EDIT: Mike Rowe, of the television show Dirty Jobs, has created a scholarship for TRADE SCHOOL students. Check it out: www.nationalmeritscholarships.com/mike-rowe-scholarship.html)
A few generations ago, the question was usually, "Military or a trade?" The concept of college was of this place where the real brainiacs went. There was little chance of being accepted, and only a handful of people ever obtained a bachelor's degree.
By the 1950's, it was generally acceptable to think, "Military, a trade, or college?" The three options had respect. The three had promise of a career, benefits, and retirement.
When I was young, the question had seemed to become, "Which college are you attending?" It seemed only a handful would not be taking the college route. Most, at least in my school, were heading to college. At least, they were going to pay that first semester or two of tuition. After that, many students would find that college was not for them, or college found they were not for college.
Well, after a generation and a half of telling kids they must go to college, we're coming out of the haze, it would seem. I suppose enough years of struggling to find an adequate plumber, electrician, or carpenter for under $100 per hour will do that.
Read more about the resurgent perspective, here:
There is concern, at least among some, that there is not enough funding for early childhood interventions and special education services for young children.
The article states, "the state does not invest enough in the Early Intervention (EI) and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) children need once they are diagnosed with disabilities and delays. As a result, more children are referred for EI/ECSE, but most receive less than the recommended levels of service."
It would appear, given the substantial and well-researched benefits of early intervention, there is work to be done in the state legislature. Funding should be increased.
Read the full article, here:
Children's Institute (childinst.org)
Ed. Note: Supporting Education LLC has no affiliation with the Children's Institute)
Our community can be strong. We know too well our community can also be fragile, at times. We can need each other more than we realize. A wealth of research shows the positive effect of tutoring on a student, particularly when one-to-one, as offered by Supporting Education.
When school is a struggle, it compounds any personal issues, and can make the situation overwhelming.
If school seems to be adding to the stress of a child in your life, please call.
David Parnes, M.Ed.
Founder, Supporting Education LLC