Education Reform - Should More Students Skip College In Favor of Vocational Training?

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Education Reform - Should More Students Skip College In Favor of Vocational Training?

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As it stands today, America ranks 115th (of a possible 200 countries) in terms of linguistic diversity:

In 2015, America ranked 20th in the world for academic Math and 27th in the world for Science:

According to the ACT testing agency, it is estimated that 76% of all high school students are unprepared for college level course work upon graduation:

As a result, American Universities rank 20th (of 40 total countries) in terms of secondary education (college/university) testing averages:

On top of all these condemning academic statistics, the average college student in America graduates with $29,000 in student loan debt:

Additionally, the unemployment rate for the age demographic belonging specifically to college graduates, fluctuates between 24%-30% on a yearly basis. This is more than 10% higher than the unemployment rate for society as a whole:

It has been ingrained into the brains of young Americans that everyone must go to college—that in order to succeed in life, you need to have a college education. But, as you can see from the statistics above, is this really the narrative we need to be teaching young people? Is blindly sending every student in America to college—into immediate debt—the best path for the individual person or for the economic and the longevity of this nation?

Here are some facts to consider: some of the most high paying jobs in society are skilled labor jobs. Skilled labor is always in demand because these positions are not traditionally perceived as “sexy” within society, and require very specific training to obtain. Some examples of skilled labor jobs include carpenter, electrician, plumber et cetera.

Average Pay For Popular Skilled Labor Professions

HVAC Service Technician: 20-30$/hr
Auto-body Repair Technician: 20-35/hr
Carpenter: 20-40$/hr
Electrician: 45-65/hr
Dump Truck Owner: +55/hr
Plumber: 55-85$/hr
Propane Furnace Technician: +85$/hr
Septic System Maintenance: +110$/hr

As with any profession, the more talent and experience you have in any given field, the more you can charge. It should also be noted that people who go on to open their own businesses, tend to make much more money per hour than those who work for an employer. In addition, the tuition fee for a technical or trade school will, in most cases, be a fraction of the cost of a traditional 4 year University course. So, not only do people tend to make more in money in skilled professions when they come straight out of school, but at the same, it costs significantly less to gain the necessary skills to enter into a career path.

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