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Q&A: FW school board candidates share views/Question 6
The concept of School-to-Work has been misrepresented on both sides. This concept should be to prepare students for success. If we teach the basics; reading, writing, math, history, and science; and provide career exploration courses all students will be prepared to work. It is not the districts job to create employees but to graduate educated individuals who understand the importance of work.
The School-to-Work concept is able to provide direction for students who are unsure of their career ambitions. Exposure to career fields can only enhance the learning. When a student discovers that what he/she is learning is applicable to the real world, serious learning by the student begins. We have students graduating who are not college-bound and who, through School-to-Work programs, can become employed in a field of their choice.
Scott G. Best:
I oppose School-to-Work. Again, the school districts responsibility is to make sure that all students meet grade-level expectations every year and successfully graduate. The school district in not in a business to provide a vocation; they need to successfully provide an education. However, I would not oppose some type of relationship between the district and vocational schools for students meeting grade-level expectations.
Charles R. Hoff:
There are various definitions of School-to-Work. I support some of these but probably not the ones that seem to cause so much controversy. Why? Secondary education should be preparation for adult life. These include: (1) Preparation for entry, without remediation, into an institution of higher education. (2) Preparation for entry into a vocational training program without remediation. (3) Preparation for entry into the work force with the skills that would allow high school graduates to obtain well-paying jobs to support themselves.
Students in eighth- to 12th-grades are commonly in a state of flux regarding their education and career goals. While I believe that a wide range of opportunities should be available such as shop, media, or computer technology, high schools are not trade schools and students should not have to commit to vocational choices at this level.
Earl Van Dorien:
The STW program I favor is a local version where the district provides our students with a comprehensive education, enabling them to get a job of their own choosing. This STW includes offering a full set of high school electives in the technical, liberal and vocational arts. Our schools should be locally controlled by those elected to represent us with none of the strings attached to the Federal STW program, or any other Federal programs.
While I believe that it is the Schools responsibility to provide an solid
education foundation that prepares each student to enter the job market, the current policy of the Federal Way Schools School to Work approach needs to be revisited. Not all students will attend college because of financial reasons or desire, however, we must prepare them for whatever avocation they want to pursue.
William A. May:
I support providing vocational opportunities in the schools. I think that students should have a variety of exposures to vocational classes so that work choices can be explored and integrated into the students learning.
I support School to Work. It enables students to evaluate different work environments,allowing them the opportunity to get a hands on approach to certain careers. This may help them find a career path they find chal