Vocational education more important now than ever

The nation’s obsession with mathematical and verbal ability overlooks the need for workers in the trades.  Identifying them depends on the importance of recognizing spatial ability early on (“We Are Leaving ‘Lost Einsteins’ Behind,” The New York Times, July 21). 

Unfortunately, vocational education is never accorded the respect it deserves.  As a result, many young people who can make a valuable contribution to the nation’s economy are shortchanged.

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