Are Career Technical Educators "Real" Teachers?
According to practically all credible sources of labor statistics, the largest number of present and future jobs with the best pay will require technical skills. Many of these jobs require only a two-year associate’s degree or an apprenticeship certificate.
Electricians, plumbers, nurses and many other jobs are in high demand and pay salaries which are comparable and many times higher than those which require 4-year Bachelor’s Degrees.
Sonia Nieto often discusses in her book,"What Keeps Teachers Going", how teachers are disrespected by society. However, Career and Technical Educators are often looked down upon and disrespected not only in the larger community but within education itself.
Will the Education community ever wake up and realize that Career Technical Educators are teachers too?