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A MUST READ FOR EVERY NEW HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT, PARENT, TEACHER, GUIDANCE COUNSELOR and SCHOOL POLICY MAKER!
Reviewed in the United States on February 25, 2016
Nicholas Wyman thoroughly but clearly explains the problem of the middle skills gap in this generation, the evolution of the stigma related to vocational education in this country and describes successful models to combat the crisis in this book. He also cites data to refute the "college for all" mentality that has taken hold in spite of the outrageous cost of college. The book includes practical references to websites and sources to allow the reader to get up-to-date statistics on a variety of metrics.
Wyman traveled around the country to see first-hand how different skill-building and career creating models are working in high schools, community colleges and corporations. He's a good story teller which makes the more statistical information more relatable and the book, as a whole, readable in spite of a lot of data.
It truly is a must-read for anyone who has a vested interest in the life of a young person and the future of the country. We all agree that skilled trades are disappearing but many still consider trades lesser. It's a mistake which Wyman proves from many angles. I'll be gifting this book to many people because I don't want to part with my copy of it. It's that important.