SCHOOL TO WORK MORE DANGEROUS THAN GUN ARMED KOOKS
From: WitchyPooy@aol.com (by way of Jimmy Kilpatrick )
according to these statistics, STW and students going off campus to
"work" provides more of a hazard to these students than any crazed
gunman. In the past 4 years, about 280 teens have died on the job
across the nation. 210,000 young people are injured on the job every
year. In 1996, about 70,000 teens got emergency treatment for OJIs.
This article is interesting. We are so worried about Weapons and keeping our
students safe on campus. But according to these statistics, STW and students
going off campus to "work" provides more of a hazard to these students than
any crazed gunman. How come no one is talking about this, and where is the
legislation "for the children" on this issue.
An interesting article showed up in the Lexington Herald-Leader (Kentucky)
on November 6th. It probably ran in other Knight-Ridder newspapers around
the same time.
The article discussed the high rate of accidents teens encounter on the
job. Some interesting items:
In the past 4 years, about 280 teens have died on the job across the
210,000 young people are injured on the job every year.
In 1996, about 70,000 teens got emergency treatment for OJIs.
The occupational injury rate for the 15 to 17 year old group is 4.9 per 100
full-time equivalent workers. For all workers, the rate is just 2.8.
More than 40% of teen job fatalities came from farming or other
agricultural occupations between 1992 and 1996.
One of the recommendations from the National Research Council mentioned in
the article is that no-one under 18 should be allowed to work in hazardous
Some comments on the above:
It is clear that the present injury rates are out of line for teens. If
STW is more widely implemented, how will this change? Will more teens be
going in harm's way, at government direction?
Also, if teens cannot get trained for hazardous work, under the
outcome-based model that is envisioned in STW legislation, will we drop
coursework that is necessary for people to later enter these occupations?
Remember, under OBE, if it isn't a stated outcome, it isn't taught.
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