Let's face it. Readin', writin', and 'rithmetic just ain't for everybody.
And for those students who would rather spend their school days learning a vocation more relevant to their personal skills and interests, a public education is finally becoming a little more useful.
Within the jurisdiction of many of today's public school systems, a career school is increasingly an option for students who desire or need an alternate to the traditional school curriculum.
Once most students have reached high school, they've acquired a functional mastery of the basics and easily grow bored and restless when faced with more of the same old grind. These students usually know they won't be attending college so furthering the education that would otherwise benefit a college student is just irrelevant to students who know they'll be holding down a job instead.
When there's the option for attending a career school instead of the more traditional school, these students often thrive. This type school setting gives them the opportunity to learn about work-related fields, such as carpentry, welding, bookkeeping, and nursing, for example.
Students attending career school can learn valuable trades while still learning more about the basics of a well-rounded education. The three Rs are still important on every job and many students find them more useful when they can apply that "book" knowledge to vocational skills.
Graduation statistics at many school districts show an improved graduation rate once a career school has been developed as part of the school system. Many students who were previously so bored with school that they never showed up or officially dropped out are staying in school now that they have classroom instruction that relates more closely to their future goals.
Since the focus of a career school is to get a head start on acquiring the skills needed to find a job and start a career, many students also work on actual jobsites as part of their education or as a sideline to education. This experience, again, helps them stay focused by demonstrating to them the value of education on the job market.
While the obvious benefit of attending career school is to jump-start a career while finishing high school, one benefit that sometimes comes as a surprise is that the student actually discovers a newfound respect for education and chooses college over the workforce after all.
Regardless of the outcome, a career school in addition to the traditional education is a winning situation for everyone involved.