posted on Sep, 4 2012 @ 08:32 PM
Originally posted by Pedro4077
My son will be 15 soon. I have been teaching him to drive, fence, lay concrete, weld ect. He will most likely never be out of work. He has a head
start on the others who obsess about perfect grades.
So basically what you're saying is that you'd rather him learn a "trade" rather than all this "fancy intellectual knowledge?" While well and good, and
certainly there will usually be work (although how much competition) from these sorts of trades, what if he decides at a later date that he wants to
do more, that he is tired of laying concrete?
What when the skills provided by education had been neglected and he finds himself in a the rut that many others following this mentality seem to find
themselves? I have seen it far too often, and these people rarely rise above the manual toil to do anything else in their lives. Some do, but many do
not. Some are happy and content, but not having the option or the opportunity to do much else after the opportunity, after the initial chance, is far
Also, i know how teens can been regarding education. I was the same, so were many others. I was always an A student, loved (still do) learning, but
right around the time i was in high school (10th-11th grade), i said, "What's the point in all this." Some of my friends, some of the smartest people
i knew, dropped out. Some become extremely successful; others didn't. I almost didn't graduate HS because of the teen angst and what's-the-point
feelings i had. Luckily, i DID graduate. And after a couple years, went to college. And ended up studying things that i love. During this time, i
worked construction, and i enjoyed it, but i did not want to be stuck in this because there was little opportunity to advance and become a business
owner or be more than a manual day laborer.
All i can say is, the benefits from learning, getting decent grades, finishing school, etc, FAR outweigh--in the long run--not giving a crap and
screwing up the only (easy) opportunity one is likely to get. Once the opportunity is done, and once one is grown and down, one might have trade
skills, but one always needs the critical thinking and trivial knowledge provided by education for the future.
I cannot stress how important it is in the long run.
I have seen the effects of the negligence of education far too often, and it's that kind of "what the hell do i need to know that crap for" BS that is
keeping people dumbed down and continuing the cycle of ignorance that keeps us even more enslaved.
My opinion, nothing else.
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