How about trade, instead of college?
POSTED: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 6:55pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 2:38pm
During the last few years of the repression, we have had this as a topic of conversation in the newsroom many times, especially when so many young adults hit the real world with too much college debt learning.....what?
I mean really, don't get me wrong. I'm not down on educations.
My folks were both teachers at one time in their lives and I am a college grad myself, but when i walked across that stage and onto the covered wagon for the ride home, I had no debt at all.
That allowed me a little more wiggle room until I found something I really wanted to do.
Ross Ramsey writes in the Texas Tribune many folks now are coming around to my way of thinking.
In today's Texas Tribune, Texas voters are supportive of some potentially major changes in public education, from providing incentives to people who want to be teachers to allowing more local control over standards and curriculum, according to the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
Meanwhile, fewer of them are convinced that a college degree is a necessity. Only 28 percent said a college education is necessary for a person to succeed in today's work world, while 68 percent said, "there are many ways to succeed without a college degree." That's a big change from the UT/TT Poll of May 2010, when 42 percent called college necessary and 56 percent said there are other paths to success.
Let's face it. The world has changes a lot in the last 10 years. Some will always need a college degree and the price tag that comes along with it, others not so.
To me, if I had a son, the most wonderful sentence I could hear would be "Daddy, I want to weld." We could get that going for a reasonable price at one of our fine junior colleges around here.
That's my point of view, what's yours?