Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Barack Obama's policy on educational training is sound but who will execute it for him??????

So, I am driving around town between appointments when I heard Barack Obama's comments on the need for education and training.   As a disabled veteran, I can attest to the power of education through the University of Texas at San Antonio.  However, the conversion time was 2.5 years of my life which included working full time.

Going back to the college to relearn skills is not for the weak at heart.

And, the problem with most traditional colleges is that they want to make sure you have the required extras such as English Lit or History of the World Part III.  As a retired Air Force noncommissioned officer at Lowry AFB, Colo., I believe what our government is to call upon some of the retired training military cadre who taught everything from avionics to basic food services at this former technical training center.  Having worked with them as the chief of media relations and community affairs, I know those guys can pare down the extras that aren't needed to make people productive workers in tomorrow's economy.

Instead, the funding for this will go to educrats, who will sit around and pontificate on training options.  If Mr. Obama wants to truly bring change, he can contract out some basic information systems courses that eliminate the frills and teach people how to fix a computer or wire a building.   Of course, the educrats will fight this, so let's set up a beta test between both groups and look at the qualifications of the students who leave a military short course or one that involves getting the extra frills such as English or foreign language.

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