LETTER TO THE EDITOR: School curriculum should be adjusted for manufacturing

As it stands now, advanced manufacturing is an important part of Indiana’s economy. It has the second largest GDP in the U.S., employed more than 100,000 workers in the automotive industry during 2016, and, statistically, 1 in 5 Hoosiers will go to work in advanced manufacturing.

If this is going so well in Indiana, what about other states? More importantly why is it expected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics that we will lose thousands of advanced manufacturing jobs by 2022?

The reasoning for this is the obvious lack of hiring, but also the lack of curriculum pertaining towards manufacturing in schooling. We learn about how stuff needs to be made in order to end up at your doorstep, but we never go deeply into what happens in between the raw material being ordered, and the delivery to your front door or closest super market. Due to the lack of teaching and the straight line schools make us go through with their curriculum, majority of the school’s graduates are looking at the standard jobs our learning sets us up for and looks like the most obvious choice, which includes accounting, becoming a lawyer, or back to becoming teachers, which is decreasing by the year, but that’s a story for another time.

Now with all these classes that build up to employing students into a field that’s already getting filled to the brim with more and more workers, why not add curriculum that will pertain to advanced manufacturing? This not only would help with the lack of workers going into the field, it helps take away the feeling that students are doing the same thing after every year of schooling. Instead of each student taking math, English, and history classes it’d make a more variable learning environment.

Xavier D’Anthony Reeder

Fort Wayne