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The Effectiveness of Vocational Schools

Catholic or not, you'd expect that most high schools these days would be preparing students for the workforce. Well, according to a new report by the independent school reform magazine Catalyst Chicago, that's not really happening, at least not in the public sphere.

The Chicago-based magazine's recent report found that every year, about seven thousand seniors earn their diplomas but fail to enroll in college. They also don't get directed into many of the viable, high-paying jobs that students could begin training for while still in high school. Plumbers, carpenters and machinists are just a few of the high paying positions that don't require college. Catalyst Editor Veronica Anderson recently talked to us about this issue. She says the training that is available in CPS might not even be making students viable in the real world.

Music Button: Conrad Herwig, "El Gaucho", from the CD The Latin Side of Wayne Shorter, (Half Note records)

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