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Time has come: Restore high school vo-tech courses

By John Rosemond

This article was published April 19, 2017 at 1:52 a.m.

During my sophomore year at Proviso West High School in Hillside, Ill., my guidance counselor, Mr. Gusloff, refused my request to take auto shop because I was, he said, college-bound and my presence in a vocational program would take space needed by a student who was not so destined. I was disappointed, and I felt then, as I still do, that he was wrong to pigeonhole me and limit my options, but I had no choice but to accept his decision. I never even told my parents, both of whom held doctorates. They would have only shrugged their shoulders anyway. This was long before parents were "involved" with their kids.

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