Letters to the editor
CTE coureses help prepare students for success after graduating from high school
With the presidential primaries well under way, there's growing discourse over the best way to tackle issues like rising college costs and growing student debt.
While much of the discussion focuses on community and technical colleges, to really tackle this issue, we need to do a better job of preparing students for success in the real world before they enter college. We can do this by using technology to incorporate career and technical education (CTE) into middle and high school curriculums.
At Insight School of Oregon-Painted Hills, I teach CTE courses in business and health sciences. These courses give our students opportunities to take off their "student hat" and put on their "professional hat" to help prepare them for industry certification and for life outside of school.
During class, we might discuss a real-world business scenario or think through a business question like, "How do I decide what purchases to make?" After taking these courses, our students have a much better idea of what career they'd like to pursue after graduation.
February was CTE month, a month to raise awareness on the importance of career and technical education. CTE isn't just an alternative education option. It's the answer to ensuring high school graduates are prepared to succeed in any path they choose to take, career, college, or both.
Business CTE teacher, Insight School of Oregon Painted Hills
Elected officials should not be exempt from subpoenas
A number of years ago, I was called for jury duty. I was proud to fulfill my civic duty even though it was not selected as one of the jurors.
Once the jury was chosen, the judge asked the defendant's attorney, "Where is your client?" The attorney did not know, apologizing for his client's absence. The judge signed an arrest warrant to be immediately served upon the defendant by the sheriff's office.
Are mayors, governors or congressmen immune to such warrants? No, they are not. If you, me or any of your readers refused to honor a legitimate subpoena, we would very quickly find ourselves cooling our heels behind bars.
The present White House has set a very dangerous precedent that future White Houses will use to ignore congressional subpoenas, Republican and Democratic presidents alike. So much for the old adage that no one is above the law, not even the president.
In Oregon, we elect state senators to serve and protect us. We do not elect them to shut down state government by walking off the job, as they have done for a third time in the last year. It reminds me of the kid at the playground who didn't like the rules everyone agreed to, took his ball and left.
I expect Dennis Linthicum, our senator in District 28, to do his job, negotiating proposed legislation that is important to all rural residents, like funding for police and wildfire protection.
We need to remember this behavior in November when we can elect a quorum of responsible legislators who are committed to representing all their constituents.
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