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College for allóThat Ainít It, Chief
The Houston Courant ^ | November 21, 2019 | S. Johnson

Posted on 11/21/2019 5:43:39 AM PST by The Houston Courant

The idea of college-for-all puts a lot of students in a bad position, because not all high school seniors have a firm grasp of the financial risk being taken—the average graduating college senior in 2017 was $28,650 in debt.

Students should fully understand the ramifications of incurring student loan debt and that there are other, less costly, post-secondary options. There are dependable careers, with attractive pay, that are attainable without a college degree, the training for which can be fostered by high schools via Career and Technical Education.

An electrician, for example, makes on average $50,977 a year in Texas.

With the skills gap and a shrinking middle class, businesses should be partnering with educators to prepare students, who might otherwise have no career path, for a career in skilled crafts and trades.

Not every person needs, wants, or should go to college. Four out of ten students who started college in the Fall of 2012 had still not earned any degree after six years. When well-meaning adults pressure academically disinclined students to attend college, this advice can lead to a host of unintended consequences. Students may drop out with sizeable student loan debt and no degree to show for it. In fact, students who take out loans to pay for college but do not complete a degree are three times more likely to default than those who do complete.

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1 posted on 11/21/2019 5:43:39 AM PST by The Houston Courant
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To: The Houston Courant
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You can post your blog junk right here in full.

2 posted on 11/21/2019 5:46:27 AM PST by humblegunner
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To: The Houston Courant

College standards have dropped to such a level that a good percentage of instructors (for you-know-what departments and majors) really do not have the qualifications to go to college, let alone teach there.


3 posted on 11/21/2019 5:50:00 AM PST by Da Coyote (is)
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Thank you so very much for excerpting your fine article. Because you did this so well, I'm going to click your article at least two more times so you'll get that money.

Here in Texas, some truckers are making six figures out in the Oil Patch.

4 posted on 11/21/2019 5:52:05 AM PST by MuttTheHoople
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To: Da Coyote

Colleges have an interest in keeping ‘butts in the seats’. They will rubber stamp marginal students through to keep them going.


5 posted on 11/21/2019 5:54:30 AM PST by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: The Houston Courant

Yeh right....In Rochester NY, the High School graduation rate is about 50%. And that’s a HIGH....it was even lower.


6 posted on 11/21/2019 6:11:08 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Da Coyote
When I went to college in the late 60s, many people thought that those who taught at university were those who weren't sharp enough to make it in the private sector.

Over the years reading some of the claptrap from these so-called college professors, I tend to agree with that sentiment.

7 posted on 11/21/2019 6:11:25 AM PST by HotHunt (Been there. Done that.)
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To: HotHunt

Those than can, do, those that Can’t, Teach.


8 posted on 11/21/2019 6:36:14 AM PST by eyeamok
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To: eyeamok

Those who can’t teach, teach teachers.


9 posted on 11/21/2019 7:01:33 AM PST by hdstmf (first)
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To: The Houston Courant

I went to Cal Poly SLO and as a technical school, there was no thing as an easy A.


10 posted on 11/21/2019 7:40:07 AM PST by DownInFlames (Galsd)
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To: The Houston Courant; humblegunner
Welcome to Free Republic. I see you've met HG.

I like Italian food very much. If it's too rich it can cause intestinal distress, sometimes to a large degree.

That's the context to understand Free Republic and HG.

11 posted on 11/21/2019 12:01:19 PM PST by gogeo (The left prides themselves on being tolerant, but they can't even be civil.)
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