If you’ve been to high school in New Jersey in the last 30 years, you’ve probably faced the same pressure as kids today regarding what to do.
High schools are geared towards producing middle schoolers, plain and simple. There’s a cultural stigma that seems to be placed on kids who don’t want to go to college.
We even have massive government programs to deal with the “crisis” of not being able to afford college. We now have politicians spending taxpayers’ money to pay illegal immigrants to attend college for free. And a White House focused on paying off a certain amount of student debt. This is wrong and wrong policy.
We need to change direction and recognize that young people need options and opportunities.
Why should every child go to college? Why should taxpayers subsidize elite academics who charge families hundreds of thousands of dollars for an education that may have no positive impact on their future careers? Billions of dollars to these institutions and billions of debt to working families.
We heard stories throughout the morning of kids graduating from high school, going to trade school, joining a union, and hitting six figures in their twenties.
Maybe it’s time to stop measuring high school success by the percentage of kids who go on to college. What about the percentage of kids who buy a house within five years of graduating? Or just a note from those employed after high school? Certainly, a more accurate representation of success in the real world.
It’s time for taxpayers to stop subsidizing “Big College” and start investing our resources to help our local economy grow and lift people to the next level of success. It starts with changing the way we evaluate our secondary schools.
Let’s completely change the conversation and give kids better choices.
The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of Bill Spadea, host of New Jersey talk show 101.5. All opinions expressed are those of Bill. Bill Spadea is on the air weekdays from 6-10 a.m., speaking from Jersey, taking your calls at 1-800-283-1015.
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