Perhaps the most widely recommended “solution” to the problems that confront American society is more and better schooling. If there ever was a time when schools were only expected to combat ignorance and illiteracy, that time is far behind us.
Today, schools are expected to do many things: resolve racial conflicts and build an integrated society; inspire patriotism and good citizenship; provide values, aspirations and a sense of identity to disadvantaged children; offer various forms of recreation and mass entertainment; reduce conflict in society by teaching children to get along well with others; teach students to be good drivers; and fight disease and poor health through physical education, health training and even medical treatment.
Which brings me to question the STEM school proposal. Will this trade school award a diploma, an associate’s degree — which is a paraprofessional degree — or a professional bachelor’s degree? Why should we take students from the high schools and train them for the aviation industry at taxpayers’ expense? The aviation industry should supply the training for their workers and not take students away from the public schools.
Students should be required to have a GED or a high school diploma to be accepted into a STEM school. The way things look at this point, this is just another crony proposal like the others that have been proposed in Pasquotank County for years. When will they learn?