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Our city has a new plan for educating the young starting in Middle school. About 20 Civic organizations, including United Way and the Brownsville Economic Development Council,was to have students selecting career paths in Middle school in order for them to be employable when they graduate high school. Currently 43% of the population do not have High School diplomas. It is difficult to entice businesses or industry to this community which has again earned the title of the poorest community in the US.Recently of Facebook there were two articles regarding education: one referred to Core Curriculum teaching to the test where a student's speech declared through all this curriculum he learned nothing, and the second was about the value of a fine arts education where 80% or 90% are employed and could switch jobs and be hired in a variety of areas and were happy.I would add that Space X is considering building a launch pad here. What they want in a workforce? "They don't care about what degree people have, they want people who can think." http://freepatriot.org/2013/11/12/high-school-seniors-testimony-devastates-common-core/ http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB20001424052702304402104579149060054918936 I am glad to see the community focusing on education but I think that beginning training in Middle School may lead to a workforce prescribed solely for the benefit on businesses and not the development of an intelligent person only a skilled laborer who follows directions. What is happening around the country and the world? I don't know...anyone out there have any ideas? Marcia