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Why am I Prospering More than a College Graduate? It Doesn't Sound Fair.

HOW am I prospering more than that of a college Graduate? WHERE are the REAL WORLD TEACHERS? WHO sets the national curriculum standards? And WHAT can we as a community do about it?

After much frustration and striving for knowledge, I wish there was an easier path for young adults entering into the work force. I find myself envious of the college scene. The camraderie and wealth of information is enticing to say the least. I would love to go to college, but after evaluating my life I don't feel it is beneficial.

Graduating early from High School and working full-time throughout senior year, my grades reflected my interests rather than my abilities. Although I was capable of straight A's and B's, I would neglect other classes and independently study the things that captivated me.

Things such as social networking, websites, business, money, investments, partnerships, ethics and morals, SELF REFLECTION and REAL WORLD INFLUENCE captured my attention. These would not be in the curriculum taught in high school, although I was ready and eager to learn them. I am realizing that I will never have enough time to learn AND utilize all of the tools I need if I stick to the standard college curriculum.

Here and now I would like to address the idea of having a reputable place for young adults to be motivated by Mentors and Teachers. The future working class and innovators depend on leadership. Who will direct us on a straight path to success? Who will harbor young adults' freetime, and inspire them to pursue and explore a lucrative passion? We as a community need to pull together and create a curriculum that has real world incentives.

I would like to know if anyone else who has taken the time to read this agrees or disagrees with this stance. I feel that it is crucial to teach what happens behind the scenes in a succesful community, local or worldwide community. Teaching how the world works is no longer just a job for moms and dads, we need REAL WORLD TEACHERS!

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Michael McClusky November 03, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Vote for Gary Johnson!
Lyle Ruble November 03, 2012 at 08:39 PM
@Z-Carpentry.com....You have broached a subject that is a core issue with, I would say, most young adults. You have to understand that public education has not kept pace with the the changing demands of the non academic world. At one time secondary schools taught two tracks, vocational and college. Most school systems have pretty much dropped the vocational tracks and concentrated on the college track. I think that many are now taking another look at reintroducing vocational education into the curriculum. There are some institutions that still teach life skill classes; including money management, parenting, independent living skills, etc. I think, that college is not for everyone. The idea that you go to college to receive training for employment is contrary to the purpose of a college education. College prepares a person for future learning and to endow the student with basic principles and knowledge to be used in their desired future profession.
Adam Wienieski November 04, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Z-man, I would like to congratulate you on making the right decisions. It may not feel that way right now when your buddies are partying at Moo-U while you go to work every day but in the long run it is far more rewarding to be an entrepreneur and small business owner than a wage slave. College for all has been vastly over sold in this country and the price of higher education keeps going up in lockstep with increased taxpayers funding; a classic bubble created by distortion of the market (see affordable housing policies and the financial crises for an example of how this works.) Witness all the talk about onerous debt due to loans for higher education. A majority of people your age have no clue what they want to do as a career and for most college is a very expensive way to become the assistant manager of a book store. We need businesses to participate in public education starting no later than high school to develop vocational tracks and skill sets for good paying, high tech service and production jobs. For the detail check out: http://www.gse.harvard.edu/news_events/features/2011/Pathways_to_Prosperity_Feb2011.pdf
Denise Konkol November 05, 2012 at 02:14 AM
I know we're all getting 'smarter,' but I don't think college is the answer for everyone, unless high schools are just as committed to bringing back skilled trades (remember shop class) to teach skills needed in technical schools for decent to high-paying jobs that are in incredible demand. ACT testing doesn't help a student who would make a great truck driver or welder, both of which make extremely good wages and are desperately needed.

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