[QUOTE=Trades;4498305]I think there is a need for trade schools around the middle school years. Stress core academics up to 6th grade and then let kids get a feel for trade schools in 7th and 8th where academics are still taught but they would be taught relevant to an area of study such as plumbing, electrician, auto mechanics, and possibly even computer technicians and nursing. I think if the kids actually were learning something they felt was relevant then they would be much better behaved.
Keep the regular schools for professionally minded kids that plan to go to college for things like engineering, the sciences, business, etc. Trying to shoehorn everyone into college prep areas is a disservice.
The true scum that then try to cause problems should be out of school. Failure needs to be an option both personally and professionally in America again. Sometimes it takes the fear of failure or actually falling flat to get through to someone and get them to be productive.[/QUOTE]
Ah, yes, the way things were, before good ole George Bush got involved with his No Child Left Behind. No time for shop class now, takes away from preparing for the test$$$$$.