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What this argues for is a bifurcation of schooling with an academic track and a trades oriented track. I think that would be a good and a realistic thing to do, but American public schools can't really accept such an idea very well.

When I was in high school (twenty years ago!), there was just such a situation. There were three tracks: college prep, general, and vo-tech. College prep prepared you for college with more advanced classes than the general track and vo-tech taught you a trade. I think vo-tech stood for vocation and technical. Like I said, this was twenty years ago.


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