We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The trade school system in America is a pathetic joke.
Just because they exist doesn't mean that young people have access to them. Public Middle and High Schools do not teach about the various trade school options; and they don't have a poster listing the trades.
The union-controlled public school system views trade schools as a threat. If a student actually went to a trade school instead of a high school, they would lose money.
And then there are the trade Unions. Those need to be eliminated. The Union controls who works, where, and how much each person gets paid. And they also bribe officials to get fifty dollar an hour Union contracts. Those votes are important!
We need a new trade school system; one that is not dependent on the horrible high schools, or the equally horrible Unions.
Most trade schools here were killed off by the Obama administration because they were evil "profit-making" institutions. Federally-forced shutdowns left a lot of students in the lurch with a half-finished degree and no way to complete it.
Remington and Heald were legitimate long-time operations and had been around forever here. One of the main ways to get a technical degree, especially in the medical fields.
Really sad. A lot of people's lives were ruined for no reason.
The suite of linked Popular Mechanics article is worth reading. It tries harder than most articles to sort through the difference between a diploma mill and an institution offering a valuable though unfashionable education for a price that reflects its probably impact on earnings. It would be nice if consumers were left to make that comparison on their own, but if we're going to pour tax dollars into it, someone's going to have to come up with reasonable metrics of economic success. Frankly I wouldn't mind seeing the same analysis applied to K-12. It's not as though we were doing a good job evaluating the intangibles, whether or not we believe they're more important than base monetary considerations.