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First, the Republican Party has no earthly idea about how to address poverty, inasmuch as it serves those who are not now and have never been in poverty. Second, the right-wing, redneck, reactionary Republicans are fundamentally and inalterably opposed to the single answer to most poverty in America. That answer is: Join a union.
Union members have higher wages, better health care, safer working conditions, higher retirement security and much greater chances for general financial success compared with those workers who are “on their own.” These are incontrovertible facts.
The Republican Party is against the interests of working people. Anyone who can’t see this is simply blind or a registered Republican.
Jerry Stinson, Bloomington
AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Career readiness should actually start before
Michael J. Petrilli (“Off to college? For some, it just doesn’t fit,” March 23) suggests a narrower approach to career and college readiness than the one envisioned by the Minnesota Career and Technical Education Task Force. As part of the work of the task force, it became clear that few well-paying technical jobs will be accessible to students with the academic skill levels Petrilli describes. The key is to engage those students more effectively and motivate them to acquire the academic and noncognitive skills they need to be career- and college-ready.
The recommendations of the task force highlight the need for students and their families to engage in more effective career and college planning, building on the “World’s Best Workforce” legislation, so they understand where they are in relation to their ambitions. The task force also recommends the inclusion of experiential learning as a regular part of high school students’ education. Rather than seeing work-based and classroom-based learning as separate tracks, we envision connecting the two in ways that allow students to find meaning in both work and school.
Richard Rosivach, Spring Lake Park
The writer is co-chair of the Career Pathways and Technical Education Task Force.
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