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Wade K. Talley, Ed.D.

Secretary Cardona’s comment that we should “blur the lines” between high school, college and industry are right on target, and CTE is uniquely qualified to accomplish this by providing relevance to the classroom. In fact, we should ideally seek “erasure” of the line by providing relevance that answers the question: “Why do I need to learn this content or skill?”.
Relevance of “academic” content is a much overlooked, yet critical, source of motivation for students. Tying course content to their futures can motivate students to want to learn. Every teacher should be able to explain how their content relates to the “real world.”
Ultimately, this linkage can only lead to a discussion of their careers.

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