Monday, December 20, 2004

College credit for pole climbing and truck driving?

MSNBC - Utility firms turn to colleges for help: Not only are the educational powers-that-be driving k-12 education into the ground, they are now planning to turn universities into vocational education centers.
Classes began this fall ... covering everything from pole climbing and driving a bucket truck to handling wires and transformers. Students attend for two semesters, and can use the credit toward an associate degree.
Vocational education has its place, I'm not even disturbed if the universities offer the classes, but those classes should NOT count toward an associates degree. As Craig at Heavy Lifting asks, "Is this what we as a society want mid-tier universities to be doing?"

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