Technical education students sometimes think that academic courses are a waste of time because they don’t focus specifically on technology (job) skills. Technical teachers don’t always make it clear that academics are important. It isn’t difficult for an engineering technology teacher to see the importance of academic math, although the student often doesn’t make the connection. When it comes to composition, literature, psychology, or humanities the connection may not seem clear to the teacher, either.
I’ve always told my students about how important communications skills are to their careers. Passing a couple of composition classes tells an employer that you can communicate in writing. Well-written reports and correspondence will always be valued in business. A technician must have the ability to explain problems and solutions in clear language to customers or supervisors who donâ€™t understand the technology.
What about literature, humanities, or psychology courses? Are they useful? Reading is the best way to improve vocabulary, spelling, and grammar. Reading literature and studying art are important because communication is more than just words. Communication takes place in a cultural context. It also takes place in a social and psychological context. Being a well-rounded individual is a plus for any worker.
Does taking academic courses help in other ways? Here are a few:
- Teaches skills important for technicians who want to advance to management
- Provides a head start for those who decide to pursue further education
- Instills confidence to communicate and navigate in the community
- Well-educated parents raise well-educated children
Let the technical and academic teachers see that they are partners. We are all in this together!No comments