Vocational education was once a staple of American schooling, preparing some kids for blue-collar futures while others were put on a path to college. Today that kind of tracking smacks of classism. “College for all” is the new mantra. But not everyone wants to go to college, and nearly half of jobs don’t require a bachelor’s degree. Many experts say it’s time to bring career and technical education back. This American RadioWorks documentary explores how vocational education has changed and how it’s re-shaping debates about the purpose of school.
This special aired Friday September 12, 2014 at 10 AM and 8 PM.
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