Continued: when they should be learning a trade that interests them. I had a student in high school algebra 2, when he should have been in welding courses, and the supporting courses for that training. He was just one example of many, and kids like this can get bored, act up in class, and stop the education of kids who need the algebra. When I heard administrators say "everyone needs to go to college" and it was assumed that they ment a 4 year course, I would ask them about how much it cost the last time they had a plumber out to their house, or had a mechanic repair their car. That got the point across. College is for some, skilled technical training is for some, and there are some that don't fit either mold.
In President Barack Obama's 2012 State of the Union address, he said that "higher education can't be a luxury. It is an economic imperative that every family in America should be able to afford." Such talk makes for political points, but there's no evidence that a college education is an economic imperative. A good part of our higher education problem, explaining its spiraling cost, is that a large percentage of students currently attending college are ill-equipped and incapable of doing real college work. They shouldn't be there wasting their own resources and those of their families and taxpayers. Let's look at...
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