We have brainwashed our youth into thinking that every child must attend a university, if they do not they will amount to nothing… This is just silly… Germany has less students attending universities then we do, yet more graduate. This is simple because Germany understands that trades are still necessary, and more then that, extremely important to an economy. They offer, as an alternative to the university life, a mentor ship or trade school. Youth, who are not ready or made for the university life enter into one of the other options, or choose not to attend any. We, in America, make our youth feel less then useful if they do not attend a 4 year institution, yet reality tells us otherwise. Reality tells us that we need skilled and unskilled labor just as much as educated masses. Doctors as well as garbage collectors keep America running. The only people who should attend a university are the ones that truly need a degree to archive there goal. All others should attend a trade school, a 2 year institution or make it on there own.
So far in this series on whether or not college is truly for everyone, we’ve covered both the history of higher ed, and the pros and cons of attending a 4-year university. Today, we’re going to look at alternatives to the traditional 4-year degree.
One-quarter of college grads are in jobs that don’t require a degree. And of the 30 jobs projected to grow the fastest in the next decade, only 7 require a standard 4-year degree.
Although it may not seem like it based on what you hear in the media and from the general public, there are a number of very legitimate opportunities other than the traditional 4-year college for graduated high schoolers to take a look at.
Ultimately, you have to think about your life goals. Mary Docken, a prominent voice in education advocacy, says, “Students need to think about what their interests are, how they like to learn, what motivates them, what financial realities they face, what type of work they see themselves doing – (sitting behind a desk with a computer in front of them, building things, working with people, etc.).”