Do Americans need a “higher education” meaning a college degree?
The simple answer is no. There are plenty of well-paying jobs in trades and manufacturing that do not require a college degree. However, there is a shortage of workers with the ability to use critical thinking skills. Those skills are acquired through learning math, reading, music, and other “useless” school subjects.
It is not necessary to teach a kid how to balance a checkbook, do basic tax return, or even fill out a job application. All that will be easy enough to learn if they can read, follow instructions, and do basic math.
To have a better workforce and sustainable jobs in the future we must invest in the lives of our youth today. Help them understand how the school subjects they find boring have lifelong value.
Rev. Burt Schwab