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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