While college IS the better route for many students, should it be "thrust" upon high-school students like it is today? I believe that society needs to stop viewing college as so necessary for success in today's world.
Currently, high school education simply is not enough to support the youth financially and economically as it had before. In this rapidly changing and growing world, with the numerous technological advances seen in the recent past that will continue for years to come, high school education is inadequate. The high school education was previously designed for the previous economy, but with this vastly growing economy, times have changed and so has our education standards. Making college mandatory would simply mean expanding the general public's knowledge in future generations. Also, society has always worked in such a way so that they dropped the insufficient from success because it cannot afford to have losers hinder success.
A valid point, high school is extremely inadequate. However, that does not constitute the need for college, merely a reform in high school curriculum. In addition, one cannot claim college should be for everyone. Consider the reality of today"s job market. We have a massive skills gap. Even with record unemployment, millions of skilled jobs are unfilled because no one is trained or willing to do them. Meanwhile unemployment among college graduates is at an all-time high, and the majority of those graduates with jobs are not even working in their field of study. Plus, they owe a trillion dollars in student loans. A trillion! And still, we push a four-year college degree as the best way for the most people to find a successful career.
True enough; however, I must remind you that although college may not be a universal path to a better and more successful career, it cannot hurt to learn more. It can NEVER hurt to learn more. Sure, one may learn knowledge that will prove useless in their life, but one must understand that through college, more options are available and more professions are available. A college graduate would be at a greater advantage, because they can both work for a job that requires that extra knowledge, and a job that does not require any additional knowledge. Additionally, student loans could be easily solved by scholarships. Regarding massive skill gaps: technical COLLEGE is a solution. Cheaper, but also solves for that issue.
Very true! It never hurts to learn more. However, we live in the age of information, so going to college and paying thousands of dollars (that many people don't have even with financial aid) to gain knowledge from an institution that may prove useless in life IS, in a sense, hurtful. I totally agree with your views on learning. However, when the cost of that learning sets someone up for financial suicide, I don't think it's worth it. In addition, in my personal experience, loans are NOT easily solved by scholarships. That's why there's a trillion dollars of debt. College shouldn't be seen the way it is, especially when there is a LOT of work to be done in our country, much of which requires months and sometimes years of LEARNING a skill.