Shaun Dougherty, an academic researcher specializing in the field of education, recently published the results of a study in which he looked into 36 technical and vocational high schools from around the state of Massachusetts, finding that students – in comparison to those graduating from traditional high schools in which students aren’t focused on any one career – from these schools graduated about 21 percent more often than other high schools.
Further, low-income students at these schools performed better on year-end, state-wide tests that than counterparts attending regular high schools.
For as long as education has been education as we know it in the United States of America, areas with higher incomes, as well as student bodies whose families have had higher incomes, have had students that outperformed others academically, particularly those in low-income areas or with parents that didn’t have high incomes.
Schools that are focused on careers – no matter what that may be – have students that care more about high performance. When you think about it, it makes sense, since students are working towards something they want to work as in real life, after graduation. Their counterparts might not be focused on anything else than college, and not all kids are happy about going to college as they are if they picked up vocational trade skills.
Certain industries will always need hands-on workers, and these jobs pay as well as many white-collar jobs, if not loads better, in part due to such specialized higher schools like those mentioned above.