Gyrfalcon: TuteTibiImperes: I'm surprised at this:[cdn.theatlantic.com image 495x349]I would have assumed that at least over 50% of the population would have a bachelor's degree before 30.Why does that surprise you? You saw the results of the last election, right?
rugman11: This is mostly small(ish) cities with large universities
rugman11: cptjeff: TuteTibiImperes: Perhaps we as a society could benefit from an increased emphasis on vo-tech/trade-school options for high-school aged students instead of trying to funnel everyone into a program designed to terminate in a college degree.What we need to do that is fold that stuff back into high school, rather than forcing people to pay for it later. As I understand it, most high schools in the nation used to offer a pretty decent amount of vocational training. You could graduate high school and actually have the skills to work as something like an electrician. Now, we've taken that out of high schools, and forced people to to go to a community college- and pay money- if they want that training.I don't know if you could BE an electrician, but bringing Vo-Tech/Auto back to our high schools would probably be a good idea. The problem is that most students are being told that it's college or bust and so many would ignore that possible route as being beneath them or not worth their time.
TuteTibiImperes: So if less than half of all HS graduates are going to go to college (or maybe just less than half graduate from college) it does make you wonder a bit about the structure of our current education system. Perhaps we as a society could benefit from an increased emphasis on vo-tech/trade-school options for high-school aged students instead of trying to funnel everyone into a program designed to terminate in a college degree.
TuteTibiImperes: I would have assumed that at least over 50% of the population would have a bachelor's degree before 30.
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