There's Nothing Wrong with Vocational School

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Charles Murray, the author of “What’s Wrong With Vocational School?” discusses how too many of today’s high school graduates wrongfully head off to a four-year college. For a large majority of the population, a college education is unnecessary. Murray says that a lot of students don’t even want an advanced education. Even if they do want an education, they aren’t qualified for it. Additionally, a large number of these students are striving for an education or experience that a four-year college isn’t meant to fulfill.
Murray emphasizes that our society has placed a false belief on college degrees. In other words, obtaining a degree doesn’t necessarily make someone creditable or qualified. Murray says that vocational training (training for a specific industry or job field) is the better path to go after high school. Crucial skills and experience are more effectively gained in vocational training, and these types of skills are valued more than a college transcript. In the end, college is an option, and the rigorous curriculum and knowledge gained at a four-year college is not for everyone.
Heading off to a four-year college after graduating from high school has become the norm. However, like Murray, I believe that a college education is not for everyone. Vocational school provides students with an education and an experience necessary for only their job of interest. Instead of taking off your cap and gown and running off to college, people should consider vocational school because it saves so much money, is worth the time, and prepares students with an education specific to their needs. It is common knowledge that college prices have skyrocketed and put students into major debt. Thousands of dollars in loans are taken out each ye...

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...elieve that an employer will be more impressed with the abilities someone possesses instead of having a bunch of facts crammed into their brain.
A real education is something that everyone should value, and all of us should strive to live up to our true potential. Contrary to popular belief, heading off to a four-year college to reach that true potential may not necessarily be the right choice for everyone. Vocational training is not only less expensive than college, but it is also a better use of time and provides students with skills critical for their job of interest. In six months, the class of 2014 will put on their caps and gowns and walk across the stage with their diplomas. All of those graduates will be excited to move onto the next chapter of life. But what path will they choose? Will they go with the flow, or will they take a walk down the unbeaten path?

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