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One Opinion: America needs to refocus education

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June 2, 2014 | 3,707 views | 24 comments

(Updated) Most people assume that in order to be successful, students need a college degree: “Educating every American student to graduate from high school prepared for college and for a career is a national imperative.” (From

“Higher education is not a luxury. Earning a post-secondary degree or credential is a prerequisite for 21st century jobs, ... .”

As schools let out for the summer, it might be a good time to look at students’ prospects for the future.

College is not for all students, and not all students are meant for college. Still, high school graduates are pushed into college at all costs, even if it means getting student loans to pay for it. They often are not told, or simply fail to realize, that student loans must be paid back. When they graduate and still can’t find jobs, the debts from student loans often become insurmountable.

In the meantime, jobs go unfilled, especially here in Texas, as we gear up for the next 40 or 50 years of production in the Eagle Ford area. More truck drivers and support staff of all sorts are needed. Training must begin for technicians, plumbers, fabricators, electricians, mechanics, welders, and truck drivers in order to fill these demands. Just check the Help Wanted Ads in the Wilson County News. The jobs are there. In fact, a job fair held in Floresville recently drew few applicants.

Unfortunately, these jobs still have a negative reputation. As Mike Rowe, who advocates for blue collar jobs, says, mechanics are still thought of as "grease monkeys,” but with today’s highly computerized vehicles, they are really more like rocket scientists.

Many schools are deemphasizing their vocational programs and technical training, instead, pushing college courses. This is not only hurting students, but is also not helping the economy. Unemployment remains high, even as so many jobs go unfilled.

In an opinion article in Sunday's San Antonio Express-News, Raymund A. Paredes wrote in defense of Texas schools. Texas has adopted its own, more rigorous standards to attain college preparedness, he wrote.

Perhaps one should question whether, in the process, they are missing the bigger picture. It's not just about college preparedness. Education should prepare students for the real world, and the real world has a lot of jobs that don't require a four-year-college degree.

Education should be for all students.
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Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
June 17, 2014 9:34am
GROUCH There you go again. That should be MO not MOB. I guess you were thinking about the educational loan cartel. ;-)

June 17, 2014 9:26am
According to MOB, even a degree from Harvard doesn't impart enough common sense to feed your children right. Wasted days and wasted nights.

Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
June 16, 2014 7:54am
Hey grouch... Shouldn't that be 'partially' vice 'partial' ? Just wondering. :-)

June 16, 2014 7:49am
College Degree .... Certification that a partial indoctrinated individual has been fully indoctrinated.

Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
June 15, 2014 6:10am
All intelligentsia have 20/20 hindsight, eventually.

Johnny Partain  
McAllen, TX  
June 15, 2014 12:33am
No intelligencia required. It all about the money from a captive market. According to Obamacare the tax payer will bail out the insurance companies when their obligations to their insured start to rise. Also according to Obamacare, ... More ›

June 14, 2014 12:33pm
Johnny Partain ... Is that the reason that the AMA backed Obamacare ?

squawk box  
Pandora, Tx  
June 14, 2014 12:28pm
Old Godger..... Your dreams, tax payers money.

Johnny Partain  
McAllen, TX  
June 14, 2014 12:21pm
Grand idea Old Codger! Doctor and scientists are so learned that they are immune to unworkable liberal tendencies (being mostly conservative) and to popular political myths such as global cooling/warming or carbon dioxide pollution. ... More ›

Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
June 14, 2014 11:29am
Old Godger.... I hope your children have basements. Have you ever heard of a plumber living in his parent's basement. :-) Kemo Sabe.

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