“Career Education” Is The New “Career and College Ready”?

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"Career Education" Is The New "Career and College Ready"?

By A.P. Dil­lon

Over a year ago, NC’s Super­in­ten­dent was made Pres­i­dent Elect of the Coun­cil of Chief State School Offi­cers (CCSSO).

Recently, the tran­si­tion from Pres­i­dent Elect to full Pres­i­dent has occurred.

The CCSSO, if you are unfa­mil­iar, is a D.C. trade group. The CCSSO is one of two D.C. trade groups who hold the copy­right on the Com­mon Core State Standards.

So, NC’s Super­in­ten­dent is basi­cally run­ning the one of the heads of the Com­mon Core cabal and try­ing to con­vince peo­ple she’s impar­tial while our state is attempt­ing to dis­man­tle the stan­dards. Our local media in North Car­olina has yet to report this lit­tle con­flict of inter­est tidbit.

Div­ing right into Atkinson’s big, shiny Pres­i­dency — From Politico:

NEW PUSH TO IMPROVE CAREER EDU­CA­TION: North Car­olina State Super­in­ten­dent June Atkin­son — also the new board pres­i­dent of the Coun­cil of Chief State School Offi­cers — plans to make career edu­ca­tion and eco­nomic devel­op­ment a pri­or­ity in her new lead­er­ship role at CCSSO. Career and tech­ni­cal edu­ca­tion is an issue that’s per­sonal for her, she told Morn­ing Edu­ca­tion. Atkin­son used to be a busi­ness edu­ca­tion teacher and she’s the for­mer pres­i­dent of the National Busi­ness Edu­ca­tion Asso­ci­a­tion. She said she’d like CCSSO to work with the U.S. Cham­ber of Com­merce and other eco­nomic devel­op­ment orga­ni­za­tions to ensure that career edu­ca­tion is a national pri­or­ity. Atkin­son was in D.C. on Mon­day to release new CCSSO rec­om­men­da­tions [http://​bit​.ly/​1​t​vKLuT] for states look­ing to boost career edu­ca­tion. Forty-​two states and D.C. have sig­naled their support.

Of par­tic­u­lar impor­tance to Atkin­son is mak­ing sure stu­dents get career coun­sel­ing and schools part­ner with local employ­ers to build career path­ways. She said she didn’t receive much help in either of those areas when she first entered the world of career edu­ca­tion. “Ninety-​two cen­turies ago, I had lit­tle if any career coun­sel­ing,” Atkin­son joked. “That con­tin­ues to plague stu­dents through­out the nation and that’s some­thing I’d like to see rectified.”

Ini­tial Thoughts Look­ing at the state­ments From Atkin­son via Politico

Career Edu­ca­tion” is the new term for “Career and Col­lege Ready”?

New push”? No, this has been ongoing.

Look­ing at the his­tory of changes in the state under Atkin­son, a pat­tern can be dis­cerned. She likes to fol­low the lat­est edu­ca­tion fads. Well, “Tech­ni­cal careers” are now hot. Just ask the NC Gov­er­nor. (Related read: Gov. McCrory Signs NC Up For ‘Work­force Acad­emy’)

Dr. Atkin­son is div­ing right into her new Pres­i­dency with a focus on ‘Career and tech­ni­cal edu­ca­tion”. Tech­ni­cal edu­ca­tion has not dodged Com­mon Core either, but it’s been a bit harder to pull it into the fold.

This align­ment of ‘Tech­ni­cal careers’ is hap­pen­ing though, and will con­tinue to be a focus as more kids under Com­mon Core will become eli­gi­ble for the ‘2 year non-​selective col­lege’ that the stan­dards promise for them. This renewed focus might be aimed at address­ing the esti­mated increase in drop out rates the Core will be causing.

Now, con­sider that North Car­olina tax­pay­ers are spend­ing an esti­mated $150k per High School Diploma with the likely end result being that ‘2 year non-​selective col­lege’. Busi­nesses are get­ting their work­ers but are tax­pay­ers get­ting their return on invest­ment? Are stu­dents? Doesn’t seem so.

The sec­ond bit in the Politico snip­pet, where she talks about career path­ways and coun­sel­ing? Those things exist already in North Car­olina and have for some time.

Bring­ing in busi­nesses to dic­tate skills for those path­ways? That too already exists and has been going on since 2009.

One might sus­pect that some­one down the road will hurt their arm pat­ting them­selves on the back for some­thing they already had in the bag for quite a while. (Related read: NC Ready for Suc­cess Pt 4)

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AP DillonA.P. Dil­lon (Lady Lib­erty 1885), is a Con­ser­v­a­tive minded wife and mother liv­ing in the Tri­an­gle area of North Car­olina. A.P. Dil­lon founded the blog LadyLib​er​ty1885​.com in 2009. After the 2012 elec­tion, she added an Instapun­dit style blog called The Con­Mom Blog. Mrs. Dil­lon recently par­tic­i­pated in Glenn Beck’sWe Will Not Con­form. Mrs. Dillon’s writ­ing, in addi­tion to Da Tech Guy’s Mag­nif­i­cent 7, can also be found at Stop​Com​mon​CoreNC​.org, Watch­dog­WireNC and Wiz­Bang. Non-​political writ­ing projects include sci­ence fic­tion novel­las that are, as of yet, unpub­lished. Her cur­rent writ­ing project is a children’s book series.

By A.P. Dillon

Over a year ago, NC’s Superintendent was made President Elect of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).

Recently, the transition from President Elect to full President has occurred.

The CCSSO, if you are unfamiliar, is a D.C. trade group. The CCSSO is one of two D.C. trade groups who hold the copyright on the Common Core State Standards.

So, NC’s Superintendent is basically running the one of the heads of the Common Core cabal and trying to convince people she’s impartial while our state is attempting to dismantle the standards.  Our local media in North Carolina has yet to report this little conflict of interest tidbit.

Diving right into Atkinson’s big, shiny Presidency – From Politico:

NEW PUSH TO IMPROVE CAREER EDUCATION: North Carolina State Superintendent June Atkinson — also the new board president of the Council of Chief State School Officers — plans to make career education and economic development a priority in her new leadership role at CCSSO. Career and technical education is an issue that’s personal for her, she told Morning Education. Atkinson used to be a business education teacher and she’s the former president of the National Business Education Association. She said she’d like CCSSO to work with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other economic development organizations to ensure that career education is a national priority. Atkinson was in D.C. on Monday to release new CCSSO recommendations [http://bit.ly/1tvKLuT] for states looking to boost career education. Forty-two states and D.C. have signaled their support.

Of particular importance to Atkinson is making sure students get career counseling and schools partner with local employers to build career pathways. She said she didn’t receive much help in either of those areas when she first entered the world of career education. “Ninety-two centuries ago, I had little if any career counseling,” Atkinson joked. “That continues to plague students throughout the nation and that’s something I’d like to see rectified.”

 

Initial Thoughts Looking at the statements From Atkinson via Politico

“Career Education” is the new term for “Career and College Ready”?

“New push”? No, this has been ongoing.

Looking at the history of changes in the state under Atkinson, a pattern can be discerned. She likes to follow the latest education fads. Well, “Technical careers” are now hot. Just ask the NC Governor. (Related read: Gov. McCrory Signs NC Up For ‘Workforce Academy’)

Dr. Atkinson is diving right into her new Presidency with a focus on ‘Career and technical education”.  Technical education has not dodged Common Core either, but it’s been a bit harder to pull it into the fold.

This alignment of ‘Technical careers’ is happening though, and will continue to be a focus as more kids under Common Core will become eligible for the ‘2 year non-selective college’ that the standards promise for them.  This renewed focus might be aimed at addressing the estimated increase in drop out rates the Core will be causing.

Now, consider that North Carolina taxpayers are spending an estimated $150k per High School Diploma with the likely end result being that ‘2 year non-selective college’.  Businesses are getting their workers but are taxpayers getting their return on investment? Are students? Doesn’t seem so.

The second bit in the Politico snippet, where she talks about career pathways and counseling? Those things exist already in North Carolina and have for some time.

Bringing in businesses to dictate skills for those pathways? That too already exists and has been going on since 2009.

One might suspect that someone down the road will hurt their arm patting themselves on the back for something they already had in the bag for quite a while. (Related read: NC Ready for Success Pt 4)

 

If you enjoyed this article, you should really check out other pieces written by Da Tech Guy’s Magnificent Seven writers and maybe hit that tip jar!

AP DillonA.P. Dillon (Lady Liberty 1885), is a Conservative minded wife and mother living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. A.P. Dillon founded the blog LadyLiberty1885.com in 2009. After the 2012 election, she added an Instapundit style blog called The ConMom Blog. Mrs. Dillon recently participated in Glenn Beck’sWe Will Not Conform. Mrs. Dillon’s writing, in addition to Da Tech Guy’s Magnificent 7, can also be found at StopCommonCoreNC.org, WatchdogWireNC and WizBang. Non-political writing projects include science fiction novellas that are, as of yet, unpublished. Her current writing project is a children’s book series.