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Here's an even better idea, abandon the archaic concept that high school educations simply MUST be balanced and well rounded and establish a second track for sophomores and up who wish to take it. There are a lot of people in high school who don't care about French, Art, Biology, Senior Math, English Lit, or any of a slew of other HS standards intended to provide a broad reaching general education... why not provide a career/technical track almost like a trade school or apprenticeship program in which those young adults can spend their last few years of high school learning how to be mechanics, welders, technicians, or even just learning business skills?
originally posted by: Krazysh0t
I disagree slightly. I can see the need for say an English degree if you are going to go into professional writing or journalism. There certainly are useful liberal arts degrees; it's just that they are easier to obtain than technical degrees and therefore become the low hanging fruit that most unexperienced people reach for. So the market for those degrees becomes over-saturated.
originally posted by: squittles
For the most part, AA degrees are pretty worthless, except as a bridge to a Bachelor's - if we're going to invest in anything, let's invest in skilled trades training.
originally posted by: HawkeyeNation
originally posted by: Answer
Let's do 4 things to fund this:
1) Crack down on people who are receiving disability checks/social security/welfare while still working. It's sickening how many people are milking the government tit while still working.
2) Require all welfare recipients that aren't disabled to attend the free 2 years of college. If they can't/won't/don't earn at least a 2.5 GPA, they're off welfare.
3) Mandatory drug and alcohol testing for welfare recipients. If they fail 2 tests, they're off welfare. If you have enough money for drugs and booze, you're not so bad off that taxpayers should be supporting you.
4) Legalize Marijuana and tax it to help pay for the 2 years of free education.
Excellent post. Outstanding. I would also note that welfare recipients names should be made available to the public. Sooo many people work the system. A friend couple of mine are working the system right now and it pisses me off because that is my money. They make 100k between the two of them.
I love the idea of offering 2 years free. They have to curb the amount of increase the schools will levy because we all know they will try to take advantage of it too. Also as incentive the 2 years are only free if you graduate or finish up your 2 years with a 2.5 GPA. If not you are on the hook for the bill.
originally posted by: macman
a reply to: sean
College degrees don't equal jobs.
I never graduated from college, make close to $90k a year in my day job, own a business (2yrs old) and make about $30k a year right now from it, only because it is basically part time.
College is over-rated. And expensive.