Student debt is not inevitable

Of the 45 million Americans who hold student debt, one in five is over 50 years old (“The Aging Student Debtors Of America,” The New Yorker, Jul. 27).  I wonder if they regret the choices they made.

I’ve long believed that pursuing a vocational curriculum in high school and an apprenticeship are a far better option for most young people.  They would avoid going into debt and would learn a skill making them immediately employable.  Anyone doubting that has not needed a plumber on a Sunday evening.

The truth is that college is merely the most convenient place to learn how to learn. It is not an absolute determinant. Unless a young person wants to become a doctor or a lawyer, for example, I see no advantage becoming a wage slave to pay off a student loan.

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