posted on Sep, 10 2016 @ 07:50 PM
While I think trade schools aren't thought of as well as they should be, there are a LOT of professions for which you're not going to technician your
way into doing well.
That said, I think shop class fits a lot of people. You can be a dandy mechanic that way. You can apprentice your way into being a fine plumber, or
carpenter, or electrician, and in fact, I think you would be better served to go that way.
However. You're not going to apprentice your way into being much of a physicist. Or an engineer. Or doctor. I have had many a tech who thought they
could, and I let them try, one by one, and they all failed, one by one. Because there is just a huge wad of common body of knowledge you have to have
to be a good engineer. You can sort of meatball your way through simple stuff but when you actually have to know why a type of motor winding works the
way it does, it's math, and thermo, and fields, and lots of it.
Apprenticeship gives you a technician. And if what you need is a tech, a tech is fine. But a tech isn't going to develop a new design that requires
understanding of what's going on at a deep level.
Now, there are plenty of people who get degrees but aren't actually good at doing anything with it. And there are plenty more who don't get a degree
who are dandy at the level of things they do. Some have what it takes to learn what they need to know when they need to know it, albeit rarely, and
often they discover that the one simple thing they needed to figure out was the pointy top of a huge pyramid of other crap they didn't know, too, and
either waved off or discovered that it was the push they needed to go get a formal education. Being an autodidact is a rare phenomenon.
The employee who thinks they can learn what they need from Youtube or they're super smarter than everyone and don't need to learn the field they're
going to take up isn't one I want. A lot of people who don't want to put in the effort it takes to learn this stuff have a lot of yap yap yap about
how they don't need to. Here's the hint - you're lazy, or you're Albert Einstein. And I'm betting you're not Al.