The Stars Aligned And The Rest Is History

The Story Of Oklahoma's Premiere Career-Tech System

by Tom Friedemann Foreword by Bob Burke



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/5/2024

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 146
ISBN : 9781665747042
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 146
ISBN : 9781665747066
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 146
ISBN : 9781665747059

About the Book

Oklahoma has long been recognized for its premier career-tech education system. The difference between Oklahoma’s system and those in other states is its unique form of governance and funding not found anywhere else in the country. To make this visionary system possible an amendment to the Oklahoma constitution was required. Amending Oklahoma’s constitution was not an easy task and required support from both republicans and democrats, the governor, both houses of the legislature, the public and private sectors as well as the media. Such bipartisan cooperation seems unrealistic in today’s polarized political climate, but it happened in 1966 because of the courageous and unselfish leadership of a few outstanding Oklahomans who had a vision of how their state could accomplish something in education that would be the envy of the nation. All the stars had to align themselves in just the right way to make it possible. This is how it happened.

About the Author

Tom Friedemann spent forty-nine years as a career-tech educator. He began his career as a high school marketing education teacher and completed it as a superintendent of a tech center. He has authored numerous manuscripts on career-tech education that have been featured in state, national and international publications and is a sought-after speaker on the subject. He has twice testified before the U.S. Congress on workforce education. He earned both his bachelor’s and doctorate degrees from Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma. He is a passionate flyfisher and has authored two books on fishing; If It Were Easy, They’d Call It Catchin’ and Bent Poles, Happy Souls.