Not every child wants to go to college, or even needs to go. This has been shown time and again, recently, and is going to have to be addressed more openly, especially now that Virginia has been given a waiver for the No Child Left Behind law.
Virginia State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Patricia L. Wright has said that the commonwealth now has the opportunity to implement more rigorous standards of learning in it’s courses, as well as focusing on preparing it’s students for college.
Preparing for college was mentioned several times in Wright’s press release. And this is all well and good. As a matter of fact, it cannot be stressed enough how important a college education is in today’s world, at least for some occupations.
But let’s be realistic, folks. There are alternatives to getting a college degree. Vocational and trade schools are a viable alternative to learning today. We are not talking about the home economics or wood-shop classes of the 50’s and 60’s. We’re looking at a partnership, between our schools and business and industry.
Richmond’s small business incubators are some of the best on the eastern seaboard. The bio tech industry relies on Virginia’s Biotechnology Research Park, here in Richmond, and since it’s start in 1995, 68 companies have started up and been nurtured, five going on to the big board on wall street.
With the possibility of utilizing existing businesses, and creating a work force to enhance those businesses, Richmond would be fostering positive attitudes and an appreciation for good work ethics in it’s young people. It could only lead to a good outlook.