Thursday, November 9, 2017

The value of vocational education

Sent to the Taipei Times  November 8, 2017

“Rethinking a university education” (Nov. 8) is right on target.  The university path and the vocational education path require equal amounts but different kinds of talent and dedication. Also, as the Times points out, society loses when we overemphasize the university path.

John Gardner, Former US Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare (1965-68), tried to warn us years ago: “The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.”

Stephen Krashen

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