Thursday, February 8, 2007

Trade $chool!

Nice to see a trade school doing something good:
There is a shortage of welders. If you don't believe me just open up any classified. This article says the guys start out making $20+ an hour. The question I want answered is why in the name of all that is good and holy do soo many college students who have no aspiration to do anything beside make money not go to trade schools and become welders, electricians, machinery technicians, etc? Why waste all that time and money going to a university when you can save two years and learn immediately marketable skills at technical schools?

Maybe part of the reason is that a university degree bestows some degree of social standing on a graduate. That's probably due to myths about the value of education created by the intelligensia. Those of us in academia need to do a better job of pulling the university off the cross.

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