Much has been written about the value of a college education and how increasingly expensive it has become. So too, there are a number of high school grads for whom traditional college work is inappropriate. This does not mean these grads aren’t as hard-working as their college-bound brethren. What it does mean, is that our country needs to provide training and education for those grads who may wish to pursue careers in the arts or technically skilled work.
Europe at one time had a system of testing and counseling that would help students identify their life work. It also allowed the educational system to funnel them to schools and training centers that gave them the wherewithal to become proficient in their chosen professions. We need a method in this country to let the truly college-bound attend school and attain a baccalaureate degree that is affordable and meaningful. We also need to allow those bright young adults for whom college is not a choice the means to challenging high paying careers. As a society, we cannot afford not to provide this to our sons and daughters.