This past Thursday, NC Governor Pat McCrory made some interesting statements regarding our kids future careers while taking a stab at lawyers and journalists. The Governor said we need more truck drivers.
McCrory said there is a gap between open jobs and those who are unemployed and looking for work.
“We need to bring those two things together because it’s not good for those who are unemployed and it’s not good for companies,” McCrory told the crowd.
“People who can fix things and operate things and repair things, I’m envious of,” McCrory said. “That is a talent that is so valuable at this point in time. And there’s a shortage of people in those fields right now.”
He said it’s also important to raise the prestige of industries like trucking.
“I’m very impressed with the people who can drive trucks and are qualified to drive trucks,” McCrory said. “I don’t know how you back it up, I don’t know how you go forward, I don’t know how you park it, I don’t know how you drive such long distances.”
Well, yes, we do need more technically skilled people. Multiple areas of industry are in need of more skilled labor. However, The Governor has been hot on Common Core and it’s “high reaching” standards.
Standards that are supposed to be the magic bullet to make kids “career and college ready”.
So, this is why the Governor is pushing Common Core? So kids can ‘reach higher’ for a future in truck driving?
Well, the Common Core math will certainly help prepare them for that amazing skill of ‘backing up’, going forward’ and parking.
Suddenly, this comes to mind:
An amusing alternative to what our Governor’s statements (specifically with regard to Common Core and education) lately have reminded me of:
“It’s time to admit that public education operates like a planned economy, a bureaucratic system in which everybody’s role is spelled out in advance and there are few incentives for innovation and productivity. It’s no surprise that our school system doesn’t improve; it more resembles the communist economy than our own market economy.”
Albert Shanker, President, American Federation of Teachers What is Socialism?