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And College Education for All
By: Stephanie Foster
The educational system in the United States is a mess. Pretty much everyone knows it, but what to do about it is a huge problem.
It's easy to point to various symptoms and declare them the problem. High dropout rates, as high as 50% for some cities or 1/3 for
some states, are often pointed out as the problem, but really they're more symptomatic of the issue.
The problem in many ways is that the schools aren't addressing the needs of the students. There is a huge emphasis on sending
kids to college, no matter their aptitudes or interests.
A college education is a wonderful thing for many people. It makes great jobs available to them and on average increases their
income. But it is not the road to every job, and not every child wishes for a job that requires a college education.
Don't get me wrong. Every child should have the opportunity to choose to go to college. But if their interests and aptitudes are
elsewhere, shouldn't that be encouraged?
This can be tough. The trades and vocational skills lack the status of a college education. I doubt there are many people who expect
that to change. This is true even though these are vital skills and those who have them can have good careers and be experts in
The educational system has more problems than just how to best teach children. Many of the problems in the schools relate to
students' home life. Uninvolved parents are an issue as well, but not one that the schools themselves can easily address.
Perhaps the greatest challenge comes from figuring out how to route children appropriately in school. At what age do children know
what they want from school, much less their lives? How can the system be flexible enough to cope with uncertain and changing
Absolutely it's impossib