I am writing in response to the article written by Noah Smith regarding types of education. I applaud and totally agree with Noah and for the life of me, can’t figure out why the practice of vocational training in high schools was ever done away with! It saddens me to realize that common sense has died a slow death. Certainly we can bring it back. Young men and women some years ago were able to learn a vocation in high school and were prepared to start work when they graduated. I agree with Noah Smith that not all students are college material and there is no disgrace to that fact.
Why are politicians so out of touch with the rank and file and make outlandish proposals for free college for all. They are obviously not smart enough to know that the word free is loosely used and the definition of this is “paid by all working taxpayers whether they want to or not.” If you have worked 10 years or more in the real world, and unless perhaps you worked for Daddy, nothing is free, and when it’s earned, you feel so much better about yourself and take pride in your work! Our high schools used to produce qualified beauticians, entry carpenters and other mechanical jobs that often pay the same, if not more, than many college educated young people. I am recently retired and I often hired college graduates (who unfortunately often could not write a cohesive English grammar sentence without spell check).
We need the mechanics, the plumbers, the beauticians, and all the other vocations that are no longer taught in schools. I would guess that some college educated person made what they thought was a brilliant idea to remove these vocational classes. Shame on them and shame on people who want everything free! If that’s what you want young people, join the military and they will feed you, clothe you, and train you for a very important job.