Lewiston school board member wants less talk about college

Posted Jan. 12, 2011, at 2:49 p.m.

LEWISTON, Maine — A Lewiston school committee member said she wants educators in the city to stop using the word “college” when they are talking about the students’ futures.

Ronella Paradis said there is too much emphasis being placed on students going to college after high school.

At a school board meeting Monday, Paradis said she wants to see “after-school” language used to include those who want to become electricians, plumbers or policemen.

Lewiston educators say they have no plan of backing away from using the word “college.”

After the meeting, Paradis told the Sun Journal newspaper that when she hears the word “college,” she thinks of a four-year college. She says schools need to get students “ready for the real world.”