Such nuances elude policymakers, who can’t shake the notion that tech-centered instruction is the only sure ticket to success. President Barack Obama has repeatedly called for more spending on tech-focused high schools.
I feel like we are constantly chasing the wrong thing in education. "We need more tech-qualified graduates, so let's focus on that." Meanwhile, what we really need is something else. What we really need is to educate students to make good decisions: for their health, for their finances, for their relationships, everything.
As much as we like to think we know what the future job market is for our students, we don't know. We guess. Some people may be good at it. But nobody ever knows what it is for one individual kid. And nobody ever will. So let's teach them how to make good, healthy, responsible choices.