Tech Prep students lose the opportunity to enroll in liberal arts
courses, such as history and social studies, or even electives like
art, photography, and sports, that aren't specifically job oriented?
The simple answer
to this question is "No." First of all, Tech Prep students,
like all students, will be expected to meet state high school graduation
requirements. Even though some career-specific classes are built into
Tech Prep, students will have access to general electives as well. Tech
Prep is a way to keep students moving and motivated because they can see
where their education is leading them.
Tech Prep just a fancy name for forcing students to make binding decisions
about their futures when they are really too young to decide?
Tech Prep does ask
students to begin making some decisions about the future by the end of
the eighth grade. They are not being asked, however, to lock themselves
into an inflexible track that will determine the whole course of their
lives. Basically, they are being asked to:
- Think seriously
about the kind of careers they would eventually like to have; and
- Choose a plan
to follow instead of drifting through high school without purpose.