Importance And Importance Of Vocational Education

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As Napoleon Hill once said, “The starting point of all achievement is desire.” In order for education to be successful and valued, it must be driven by passion within a student. For schools to implement curriculums intended to help students to pass standardized tests, as well as to mainly focus on college preparation, though necessary to today’s education standards, can often create boredom and a decrease in the willingness to learn. Each and every person has their own natural ability and passion for certain subjects and focuses. Vocational education allows students to focus on what they are truly passionate to learn, since it prepares students for a certain trade, industry or agriculture (The Importance of Vocational Education in High Schools). …show more content…
It is important to continue to incorporate, encourage and develop vocational-style learning into our educational system as it contributes many benefits to students. Vocational education encourages students to have high hopes and achieve their actual interests and gives them the freedom of what they prefer to learn (Quinlan). This form of learning also provides many opportunities for students who are in a vocational-learning based high school. These opportunities include job shadowing and connections with mentors in the specific field of interest (Quinlan). Most vocational education high schools, even created internship programs for their students to really witness a sampling of their vocation while still being enrolled in an academic high school (Strauss). This early exposure allows a student to do what they love, as well as build onto their passion. In San Francisco, City Arts and Technology High, allows their juniors and seniors to acquire internships across their community, where they are given the opportunity to be mentored by an on-site professional and are conventionally visited by a school advisor (Strauss). Internships are a sampling of the …show more content…
Our education system nowadays, focuses mainly on college preparatory, as well as success in standardized testing. Classes are often in a layout and instructional-base form, where a student must take certain classes to fulfil their credits for graduation. Often times, those classes are not of interest to the student, may be their weakness or simply does not correlate to their career or plans of the future. There is a large amount of indecisiveness for students in choosing their vocation. Only 45% of high school students feel sure about their college readiness and career (Leal). Our educational system in America allows various exposure to different interests and fields to sample before making a definitive choice, giving students the chance to find out what they really want in life. However, the majority of students being unsure of their pathway, shows that there should be changes in the ways of teaching. Schools must create a “proper environment” (Quinlan) for each unique student, to learn in their unique manner. A student shouldn’t be defined by their scoring on tests or their grades in core subjects, but in their natural abilities and passion they offer and can develop

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