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As did I, although I pretty much stayed academic. Our high school had every shop imaginable: wood, metal, auto, electrical/electronics, HVAC, construction framing, draughting, and I'm probably missing a few - the 'tech wing' was huge. And, yup, all our shop teachers came from industry.I did poorly in high school as they were not well set up for someone like me. Based on my marks I went into technical school and not academic. At that time we had fully outfitted shops for automotive, welding and wood work. With instructors from the industry. I learned a lot in those classes and I ended up catching up to my peers outside of school. At that time education other than grade 12 was not required for most jobs.
Nowadays, schools are way better at dealing with kids that have special needs than before, That's the good news. the technical side of high school has been mostly razed and what's left is taught by "Professional teachers" who have never worked in industry. My daughter wants to be a elementary teacher and looked at Early Childhood Education for daycare. They want her to take a 4 year program and get a degree, the job pays on average $22-5 an hour. She dropped that and is doing a major in communications. I push my daughters to get a degree, not because I think it will make them a better person, but because otherwise, most of the doors will be closed to them otherwise. Sadly most of the job descriptions are written by people who went to university and who can't imagine someone with no degree having any skills.
Our daughter went into a B.Ed program but after the first year decided teaching wasn't her thing, a decision that has been repeatedly confirmed over the years.