There’s no surprise here: schools are dropping auto shop classes, mainly due to the cost but also because of the overwhelming emphasis on getting every student through a college prep curriculum. But what if a kid has a talent for repairing cars, building houses or electrical work? What if a student would be better off not going to college? The first year I started teaching in this area I found out very quickly that you don’t ever suggest to a parent in this neighborhood that their child is anything less than college material. But if we’re really going to serve every student, we must realize that not all kids should be going to college and that they should have the alternative to learn vocational skills. Yes, I’m a heretic!