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Marco Rubio pushes trade schools and non-traditional learning

by Rodan ( 8 Comments › )
Filed under Conservatism, Headlines, Republican Party at January 24th, 2013 - 11:39 pm

i may disagree with Rubio on foreign policy, but agree with him on most issues. Realizing that republicans need to push an economic agenda that emphasizes economic opportunity for the middle class, Rubio comes up with a good idea. Instead of emphasizing a 4 year degree in useless degrees like 3rd World Transgender studies, trade school and other forms of learning that will give people a marketable skill.

WASHINGTON — Sen. Marco Rubio delivered a short speech about education on Wednesday, discussing the need to modernize education for a new century and ensure that students receive the skills necessary to succeed in the changing job market.

Speaking at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as part of a larger event on coordination between the business community and educational institutions, the likely 2016 presidential contender said that a “fundamental obstacle to economic progress is the skills gap that exists in our nation. The fact of the matter is that millions of our people do not have the skills that they need for the 21st century.”

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“For the life of me, I don’t understand why we have stigmatized career education in this country,” Rubio said.

This is a great idea by Rubio and one the Republicans should embrace. This not only would help millions of Americans get marketable job skills, but it would assist in weakening the Education Industrial Complex. Kudos to the Senator on this issue. Now if he only stopped parroting John McCain on foreign policy!

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8 Responses to “Marco Rubio pushes trade schools and non-traditional learning”
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  1. Purre
    1 | January 25, 2013 6:08 am

    I value trade schools higher, as they tend to instill greater professionalism (work attitude and so forth) to the students, than what higher education does. At least that is the situation here in Finland and I don’t think situation in USA is much different in this. Basic reason is in that what students are learning has direct connection to the working life and there is lot more cooperation between teachers and private sector. There are some exceptions, like pharmaceutical education here in Finland. That is university level education, but it is all done in same spirit as what trade schools have. It also includes two times thirteen weeks of paid trainee period in pharmacies or hospitals, during which students complete certain exercises in addition to working (supervised, of course).

    On the whole, education systems should be managed so that it produces trained, motivated workforce to the fields that need it. If the students graduate with insufficient skills to start working, or graduate to fields with little to no work, they are in deep trouble.


  2. 2 | January 25, 2013 6:52 am

    Great idea! There’s a limit to the number of people needed with degrees in every field, especially transgendered Eskimo poetry & minority studies. Let’s get men & women trained as plumbers, carpenters, & auto mechanics. Let’s bring manufacturing back to the US and get people ready to go for jobs in those fields, too.


  3. 3 | January 25, 2013 8:06 am

    Purre wrote:

    I value trade schools higher, as they tend to instill greater professionalism (work attitude and so forth) to the students, than what higher education does. At least that is the situation here in Finland and I don’t think situation in USA is much different in this. Basic reason is in that what students are learning has direct connection to the working life and there is lot more cooperation between teachers and private sector. There are some exceptions, like pharmaceutical education here in Finland. That is university level education, but it is all done in same spirit as what trade schools have. It also includes two times thirteen weeks of paid trainee period in pharmacies or hospitals, during which students complete certain exercises in addition to working (supervised, of course).

    On the whole, education systems should be managed so that it produces trained, motivated workforce to the fields that need it. If the students graduate with insufficient skills to start working, or graduate to fields with little to no work, they are in deep trouble.

    That may be the most informative comment I’ll read all day. Kudos!


  4. Da_Beerfreak
    4 | January 25, 2013 12:40 pm

    Doesn’t matter one bit where you go to school if there are no jobs. :evil:


  5. 5 | January 25, 2013 4:30 pm

    mfhorn wrote:

    Great idea! There’s a limit to the number of people needed with degrees in every field, especially transgendered Eskimo poetry & minority studies. Let’s get men & women trained as plumbers, carpenters, & auto mechanics. Let’s bring manufacturing back to the US and get people ready to go for jobs in those fields, too.

    Women are strong enough to do some of those jobs, but nobody wants to hire us for them. And some of us need to earn a living.

    Da_Beerfreak wrote:

    Doesn’t matter one bit where you go to school if there are no jobs.

    Destroying the American middle class isn’t a bug. It’s a feature.


  6. Da_Beerfreak
    6 | January 26, 2013 3:28 am

    1389AD wrote:

    Destroying the American middle class isn’t a bug. It’s a feature.

    That’s a fact that too many people are completely ignoring.


  7. darkwords
    7 | January 26, 2013 3:56 pm

    Patriotic guilds.


  8. feenix43
    8 | February 1, 2013 8:14 pm

    Why is this guy getting so much press? The first time the nation heard about him was at the Repub. convention. His family is “in bed” with the mafia but no one seems to care and the news articles about this tidbit has been scrubbed.

    Is he the best his party can do to be groomed for the next presidential election? Sad.


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