In the slick laboratory at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, United States, there has been exceptional vocational teaching, which is also referred to as craft vocation, career education or technical education. Marshall University is a coeducational comprehensive public research university that prides themselves on unique and profound explorations.
Last month, four high school teachers leaned over a small steam-electric boiler, which was a mere replica of the big machinery found in power plants. They then hooked the boiler on to a petite generator and tinkered it with valves and knobs. They have done this in a bid to find the most efficient and valuable way to turn coal, solar energy, nuclear energy or natural gas into electricity.
The teachers took this initiative as part of their summer training program, which is all part of helping Virginia and the communities. Researchers are aiming to transform Virginia in the education field as it stands as one of the poorest states – it is now on its way, however, to turning vocational education from a plan B for underachieving pupils into what authority-led figures hope will spark source for the state’s economic revival.
As well as that, Maths and English teachers have been placed in technical high schools to ensure students on this vocational route are still in line with their reading, writing and maths skills.
This sort of teaching as simulated workplaces is overseen by newly trained teachers in industries like coal, health and fracking and is now a form of educational operation in schools all over the state. All of this is fantastic news and economic development for Virginia.
Pupils are allocated professional-like roles too, which offer them more responsibility and insight into the profession (like safety supervisor, foreman and are even offered days off for vacation). They will even need to take part in random drug testing as part of the program, but all progress in aid of improving the vocational education system across the state.
Moving along with educational advancements is critical to a country or state’s future developments. It is also a vital step to focus on academic routes as a divergent to other routes that could be high quality. With the support of President Trump, Virginia is now set to become enriched in education, research expansions and an abundance of worthy and reputable teachers.
Is this an example being set for the rest of the world?
Written by Gemma Smith