Education needs to focus more on skills rather than going to college

Letter to the Editor

To the editor:

My reaction to the letter by Special School District Assistant Superintendent David Baker in the Oct. 4 Call highlights for me the problem of modern education.

I think too much emphasis is placed on “going to college” and not enough on teaching practical and marketable skills.

Case in point: When I was in public school — not in Missouri — we had shop classes in junior high, with shop an option in high school. My cousin who opted for shop classes told me that as he approached graduation, potential employers came to his class and conducted interviews for jobs waiting for them on graduation.

With the current emphasis on college or university, too many students are ill-prepared for that environment and fail to thrive. Or they are urged to enter upon a course of study that does not prepare them for the real-world job market.

Jon Marx