Email from a reader, who asked to remain anonymous...
My name is [redacted] and I'm in my 3rd decade
of teaching vocational education or Career Technical Education (CTE) in [redacted] CA.
I was very pleased to hear about your position
about our educational system on the Fox Business Channel this am. I wanted to
bring to your attention that there is no functional pipeline for attracting
vocational education teachers into public education. When shop instructors
retire or transfer as I've done more often than not the that shop
class will be closed. This is due in part to the state of California
making the requirements too difficult to attract industry professionals into
education and also the decline of CTE teacher training programs at the
universities. Furthermore, professionals who do enter education from
industry as I did quickly discover that they are not supported as much as
their academic colleagues which mainly support the college track. As a
result, trade schools have been started that charge students lofty tuition to
be trained in plumbing, mechanics, electrical, and so on to fill the need
for vocational education.