April 8, 1987

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Wellford W. Wilms, in "Job Training Not a Job for Schools'' (Commentary, Feb. 18, 1987), thinks the Reagan Administration's proposal for cutting all federal funding for vocational education in 1988 is good news.
The primary reason Wellford W. Wilms gives for his proposal to separate education from vocational training is to raise the economic productivity of our labor force and expand employment. However, the job-shortage problem and America's declining economic competitiveness are not simply results of functional illiteracy and lack of entry-level job skills, as he assumes.
Until fairly recently, I thought the best way to deal with the increasing social problems of teen-age pregnancy and teen-age mothers was to set up programs for these students within the framework of regular high schools.
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