Career and Technical Education is
enjoying a moment. Governors talk about it and education advocates celebrate it. Is
this a passing fad or something more? Our recent analysis of media coverage finds
that CTE has been growing steadily in popularity over the past two decades.
Since 1998, the number of articles mentioning CTE has risen more than a
hundredfold and the number of media mentions has doubled since 2012.
Attention to CTE now dwarfs that paid to education reforms like school vouchers
or personalized learning. Put in the context of pop culture, press mentions of
CTE rival mentions of celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Steph Curry, or Queen
Elizabeth. The rise of CTE is part of a bigger trend: the increased attention to
skills training and workforce preparedness. A careful look at how CTE
got here suggests that, for better or worse, it’s likely to remain a focal point
of education reform in the decade to come. How do you think that America’s
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