Rep. Virginia Foxx in Op-Ed: Stop Calling it "Vocational Training"

January 11, 2019

House Education and Labor Ranking Member Virginia Foxx (R-NC) argues in The Wall Street Journal that the terminology surrounding vocational education in U.S. schools reflects a bias against such education at best, and class prejudice at worst.

“By placing descriptors like ‘vocational’ and 'technical' in front of the word ‘education,’” Rep. Foxx writes, “we generate misleading thoughts about the types of people who enroll in such programs.”

The piece comes at a time when “middle skills”—those requiring more than a high school degree but less than a four-year college degree—are in demand.  Meanwhile, the debate as to the true value of many four-year college degrees in today’s economy rages on.

Rep. Foxx is a leader in Congress on HR policy issues and a longtime friend of the Association.