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Since the only specific subject mentioned in the diary is "Math", I'll attack from that angle:
"They need to be able to read blueprints. They need to follow procedures, document what they're doing. And that's all very important." ...


... Why can't high school math teachers teach these skills?

Reading blueprints, following procedures and documenting what they're doing are not "Math skills". They're general skills cutting across all disciplines. But, seriously, reading comprehension? Why is it not asked why English teacher cannot teach these skills?
I would love to spend all my time working on percentages, fractions, all that stuff with number sense. That number sense skills is what matters in the real world.
Um, fractions and percentages are high school skills? What the heck are children doing in middle school?

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jan 25th, 2014 at 05:49:46 AM EST

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