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  •  There may not be a shortage (4+ / 0-)

    But there is a stigma. Our society has conditioned kids coming out of high school to think college is their only option, so you have a whole slew of kids that are totally unprepared for it and don't know why they're doing it that will spend 6 years and a hundred thousand dollars to get a piece of paper that they didn't want in the first place. Some kids don't need college; they need trade education. If you want to be a electrician, there is nothing wrong with that. You can be the best damn electrician in town and make a hell of a lot of money if you're good at it. But instead we force students into "LIT419: Angolan Transgender Literature, Ancient and Modern" to check the box.

    •  Becha those average college incomes would go (1+ / 0-)
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      up if you weeded out the kids who don't want to be there, don't belong there, and would be much happier doing something else.

      And you're right about making a hell of a lot of money, especially if they expand into contracting and hiring others.

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      by dinotrac on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 05:26:39 AM PST

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      •  We have a family friend (4+ / 0-)

        That is a master electrician. He makes beaucoup bucks. He got contracts from the school board to wire the new middle and high schools, he's quite a happy camper. But Republican as all hell. Guess they dont teach irony in electrician school.

        •  Republican probably makes sense for him. (0+ / 0-)

          At this point, he's a businessman, not an employee.

          Not only that -- but he's sitting pretty compared to a lot of college graduates who do work that can be farmed out all over the world thanks to global communications.

          Very hard to get somebody in Bangalore to wire up a house in Muskogee.

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          by dinotrac on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 06:41:31 AM PST

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    •  I can tell you that the smartest PhD. gets pretty (0+ / 0-)

      upset and disconcerted when they flip the switch and the lights fail to go on.

      And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

      by MrJersey on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 07:11:33 AM PST

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