Something I would add to our class conversation about changes in education–more and more people earning college degrees thereby decreasing the value of the degree–is the way educators and the education systems generally put down trades.  I don’t think choosing one of these trades is inferior to going to college and choosing a different profession; it’s just different. It used to be that plenty of people would enter trade schools when they completed high school, possibly entering trade school before they graduated, but now that’s shunned for the most part (in the US at least).  Trade schools do exist, but the experience I had when my brother looked at going to a trade school for mechanics is that they are few and far between and are more expensive than going to a public university…make sense to you?…sure doesn’t to me! If you don’t go to college, then there is something wrong with you and you’re not going to make something of yourself is the mentality.  Well, I think we can all agree that we need plumbers, electricians, mechanics, etc. and it would be nice to have individuals who’ve been through a trade school as opposed to “on the job training” i.e. trial and error.   Perhaps the issue is that people and our society have gotten so wrapped up in being the best that we’ve lost site of the importance of various aspects of our society…if we’re all college educated professionals, who is going to build and repair our cars, houses, etc?  I read an article in my Educational Psychology class about experiential learning and getting kids involved in the community (K-12), perhaps this thought process can help educators reconnect the dots about the needs of our society.

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