Vocational education to the rescue

The high drop-out rate among college students should be convincing evidence that not everyone is college material.  That’s why Future Schools, which is based on the Swiss apprenticeship model, needs to be adopted (“Education and climate are at stake,” Los Angeles Times, Aug.30).

Starting at age 14, high school students would pursue a vocational curriculum along with an apprenticeship.  The truth is that not all students possess the wherewithal and interest to handle college-level work.  By according vocational education the respect it deserves, we would avoid many of the behavioral problems when students see no connection between their interests and what they are studying.

Yet I doubt our obsession with college for all will ever wane.  There are simply too many special interests involved in maintaining the status quo.

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