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Trades versus Higher Education

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This wonderful article has nothing to do with literacy but everything to do with education.  I often wonder why the UK is so negative about education that isn’t academic, especially at the secondary level.  This article is about post-secondary education but many of the ideas apply to the level below.

This one line jumped out at me:

The well-founded pride of the tradesman is far from the gratuitous “self-esteem” that educators would impart to students, as though by magic.