American Machinist

An educational crisis.(Letters)

THE JULY LETTER BY DOUGLAS RIZZO ("Image is everything," p. 12) caught my eye. He was expressing concern about how the public perceives manufacturing as dirty, dingy, and dangerous. As a former high-school industrial-education instructor with experience in the manufacturing industry, I have been engaged in an education-reform effort to address that image. I'm also trying to point out to schools and others that an uneducated workforce cannot effectively acquire the requisite skills and knowledge required to set up, program, and operate today's CNC machine tools and manufacturing technology.

My efforts become discouraging when I approach school officials about the need for an academic education for students not attending college. …

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