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Dorothy Philbin | CNBNews


GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (May 19, 2022)--I don't try to hide my disappointment in America's public education and never will apologize for wanting today's kids to have the high quality of education we had decades ago.  That being said, I also try to be fair and congratulate those who make changes in the right direction.  This week I read that "trades" will be

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reintroduced to Gloucester City schools.  A sincere thank you to those who made this happen.

I read so many Facebook posts from the boys of the 1960s discussing their woodshop or metal shop adventures and telling what they made.  Girls took sewing and cooking classes. Because I took sewing classes I made all my own clothes through high school and college plus bridesmaid's dresses and more.  There is so much value to these classes.  We learned how to make something.  We learned to take pride in what we made.
I might be wrong, but I believe it was the Corzin administration who decided every student in New Jersey had to be prepared for college.  I didn't understand that philosophy then and I still don't.  Since so many students had no desire for college they didn't do well in Algebra and other "college prep" classes.  Then came No Child Left Behind and teachers were evaluated on how well students, who had no interests in a class, did on standardized tests. And the insanity continues.
Again, I congratulate the school board and anyone else who helped to bring just a little bit of sanity back to New Jersey school(s.)  
By the way, collecting college degrees was a hobby of mine and I have several.  I've worked in the international insurance industry, the internal revenue service, and education on all levels.  I am now 70 years old and I can honestly say I HAVE NEVER USED ALGEBRA, GEOMETRY OR STATISTICS.  I do use reading, writing, and arithmetic.