Tag: technical education

Remarkable Auto Repair


Victor Davis Hanson made an effort to explain working-class people to his colleagues who inhabit the institutions where he spends half of his life as a scholar in California’s institutions of higher learning by drawing on the experience of the other half of his life as a farmer.  He recounted watching a man repair a hydraulic machine without having to look at a repair manual – the depth and detail of specific knowledge the man had at his disposal was impressive.

I used to work on cars back when they had carburetors and distributors, points to adjust and coils to replace. Cars still have coils, although I can’t recognize them anymore, but the points have joined the dinosaurs. In short, I found out that I don’t understand the cars they are making these days at all.

In Banter’s fourth installment of the “Bridging the Dignity Divide” series, John Bailey and Andy Smarick joined the show to share insights from their podcast, the New Skills Marketplace. In addition to discussing the skills gap, CTE programming, and charter schools, they discussed Smarick’s latest report, The Evolving High School CTE: New Jersey’s Distinctive Approach to Career Education. In addition to his role as AEI Visiting Fellow, Bailey is also a fellow at the Walton Family Foundation. His work focuses on finding new ways to reskill individuals. Smarick, the AEI Morgridge Fellow in Education Studies, also serves as president of the Maryland State Board of Education. His work centers on education and related domestic and social policy issues.

About the “Bridging the Dignity Divide” Series

In this episode of the “New Skills Marketplace” podcast, Andy Smarick and John Bailey sit down with Alex Hernandez from the Charter School Growth Fund to discuss Career and Technical Education (CTE) in charter schools.

Alex first analyses shifts in the charter school sector and explains the difference between the college prep and the CTE models of education [6:26]. Alex then discusses the feasibility of delivering charter school education to workers in need of retraining and to children in rural districts [15:12]. Next, Alex offers his perspective on what needs to be done on the policy front to allow CTE and other educational innovations to flourish [22:08]. Finally, Andy and John reflect on their conversation with Alex [27:12].