Plan B: Skip College

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Plan B: Skip College
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Sun, 05-16-2010 - 11:30am

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/16/weekinreview/16steinberg.html?hpw

This article was in the NY Times on Sunday. It talks about steering more kids away from college and into vocational and technical training because so many people drop out of college and the jobs that are supposed to grow the fastest in the future, only 7 out of 30 will require a BA. What do you think?

Personally, I think this is a good idea. So many schools are cutting vocational programs and ignoring kids who are not "college material" as my mother used to say. I think it is not realistic to expect everyone to go to college and unfair to ignore those who choose not to.

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Sun, 05-16-2010 - 11:47am

Absolutely!! I should have taken a trade or a vocation. I would be an entrepreneur now instead of a worker. And while I still have time to become an entrepreneur, had I taken a trade when I wanted to, I doubt if I would have to have been looking for work every few years.


I think we need to teach both options. Cause many of our kids aren't college material based on many factors. Cost, interest, attitude, skills and desire.


I didn't want to go to college, but I thought thats whats expected of me and while I have been working in my chosen field, it has been less than a stellar experience.


GT39

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Registered: 03-24-2003
Mon, 05-17-2010 - 1:54pm

We had the same article in our paper. Because I've been in a college environment with essentially no admissions standards I totally agree. More than half of my students should be in something less academically demanding.

Sherry

 

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Wed, 05-19-2010 - 2:58pm

My recent student teaching assignment was secondary special ed, and I guess my school must've been ahead of the curve, because though it was a comfortably middle-class white school, there was a huge push to get at least the SPED kids into something they could be good at.