Target: John King Jr., Secretary of Education
Goal: Have schools offer vocational education so that students can get jobs more easily.
Millennials are finding it harder and harder to find a job, and part of it is due to the fact that their education is not preparing them for the workforce. They do not earn the skills and experience employers are looking for, leaving them unemployed and with mountains of student loan debt. All public schools need to offer vocational education in order for their students to be more successful.
Most schools used to have vocational education in the past, but people were concerned that they were shutting lower-income students from the option of college. They also thought that having kids take an exam at the beginning of high school was too early to determine what a kid would be interested in. To be fair, the old system of vocational education was not very good, and was used to discriminate against kids that people thought “were not suitable for college.” However, that does not mean we should get rid of vocational education altogether. Rather, we should revise it so that it offers a “college and career” option, not a “college or career” option.
While everyone should have the option of going to college, not everyone wants to go to college. There are plenty of high-paying jobs that do not require a college education, and they are in high demand nowadays. Vocational education would be extremely useful for these students, because they could get hands-on training and receive certification in a field, which would give them an edge in the job market.
Vocational education would even be beneficial for the kids who want to attend college. In vocational education, they learn a lot of skills that would help them thrive in college, such as diligence, patience, and communication. It would also help students to pay off their student loans if they could find jobs while in college.
With our current education system, many students are being shut out of the job market because they do not have the experience needed. Sign this petition to make sure that students finally get a useful education.
Dear Secretary King,
Many students are having trouble finding jobs because they do not have the experience that employers are looking for. By providing a vocational education, we can help our students be more prepared for the workforce.
Vocational education is faced with a bad stigma, but it could be very useful if it focused on providing students with a “college and career” option rather than just a “college or career” option. It could be beneficial for both college-bound students and students seeking the workforce after high school. College students could use skills from vocational training to thrive in a university setting as well as pay off their debt, and other students can use the certification they earned to get a job in their desired field.
By not providing students with the option of vocational education, we are robbing a generation of many opportunities. Please have all public schools offer vocational education to their students.
[Your Name Here]
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