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Is vocational education still a possibility for Maryland? [Letter]

Over the years Baltimore County has done away with vocational education in all but a few schools ("The day after graduation," April 7).

Students are forced to prepare for college even though most will not go, or they do go on to college and can't make the grade.

Many students would benefit from learning to work with their hands and also to enjoy such work. Back in the 1970s and '80s schools had auto shops. You could actually see the joy in students' faces as they worked on cars.

Now many students are miserable having algebra shoved down their throats. But the Common Core standards are so focused on guiding everyone into college that I am not sure Maryland schools could offer more vocational education programs even if they wanted to.

Nancy Reigle

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