Colin Fox, in his March 19 guest column (“Don’t know much about history … or education”), shows he doesn’t appreciate the value of a vocational education. Not everyone is cut out to be a book learner.
True, trig and algebra will help understand the complex theory associated with the electronics and electrical disciplines, and are necessary for those individuals who are involved with research and development. The appliance repair person probably will not have that advanced knowledge, but this won’t stop him from doing a great job. The same goes for the plumber, auto mechanic and others in the service industry.
However, knowing how to figure one’s pay and taxes is important. Vocational education is very important and has kept many a youngster in school. Almost anybody who can change a spark plug will have a job. The person who understands why you change the plug will be his boss.