Thursday, April 26, 2018

The failure of the Public Schools

Even NPR is noticing that a lot of kids don't need to go to College, and can do very well by not going to College:
Like most other American high school students, Garret Morgan had it drummed into him constantly: Go to college. Get a bachelor's degree. 
"All through my life it was, 'if you don't go to college you're going to end up on the streets,' " Morgan said. "Everybody's so gung-ho about going to college." 
So he tried it for a while. Then he quit and started training as an ironworker, which is what he is doing on a weekday morning in a nondescript high-ceilinged building with a concrete floor in an industrial park near the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. 
Morgan, who is 20, is already working on a job site when he isn't at the Pacific Northwest Ironworkers shop. He gets benefits, including a pension, from employers at the job sites where he is training. And he is earning $28.36 an hour, or more than $50,000 a year, which is almost certain to steadily increase.
 His attitude towards his College bound High School friends?
As for his friends from high school, "they're still in college," he said with a wry grin. "Someday maybe they'll make as much as me."

The Public Education system is selling education to students.  It's terribly expensive - destructively expensive - education, but why not?  After all, that's what they sell to the students' parents.  You need to invest in your kid's education.

It's a scam.  Caveat emptor.

You hear a lot about how much more college graduates make compared to their non-college graduate peers, but it's funny how Colleges don't break that down by major, or compare it to non-College work by industry and job classification.  Gosh, I wonder why they don't do that.  /sarc

If you have a High School age kid, get them a copy of this:


Tim Covington said...

If I had it to do over again, I would have tried to become an electrician instead of going to college. If I wasn't retired, I would already be making a lot more money than I do now.
I will say that my degree opened doors for me, but I've never held a job in what I majored in. This was over 20 years ago. Today I don't think it would open doors for me without the experience I've had.

James Pritchett said...

Both daughters spent years in college. They make good livings. My son never went a day. Makes over 60k a year as a delivery driver, owns 2 condo apartments, and is actually very satisfied. It's not for everyone.

McChuck said...

#1 Son is a HS junior, finishing up the plumbing track at the local trade school. Starting salary for a new apprentice is $36K.