Among some things that catch my eye in Dennis Daugaard's just-released education plan is his focus on career and technical education (CTE) in high school. I always get nervous when folks talk about education as preparation for the workforce. In my ideal world, education is about forming a complete citizen, a well-rounded human being, not just another cog in the corporate machine. The focus on turning kids into workers is reason #347 why we plan to home-school our daughter as much as possible, to keep out her outside the walls of the factory-school.
But on CTE, Daugaard also talks about helping kids learn outside the school walls. He talks about expanding the Dakota Seeds program to find internships and job training for high school students along with the undergrads and grad students currently served. Daugaard wants kids to get high school credit for such on-the-job experiences... which is fine, assuming the kids will have time to get out and get those credits on top of the science, math, and other graduation requirements the state is fond of piling onto students.
One line I really like: "We can offer high school students valuable experiences with potential employers and save schools the expense of purchasing duplicative equipment for classroom-based training." Instead of buying a fancy auto lab or machine shop for the school district, schools could save money by sending kids out to get the same experience doing real work at Prostrollo's or Laser Cut. That's officer thinking... but I wonder: student labor for private business... does that count as a subsidy?
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