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I've often thought that wouldn't be a bad thing -- some kids just don't like academics that much.  Why not teach them the basics and then have some sort of trade option?

The other thing is how many jobs here require a BA.  Is a whole liberal arts education (while a lovely idea) really necessary to become an office manager?  One of my cousins in Britain went to nursing college.  At the same time, a friend of mine here wanted to be a nurse and spent half the time fuming about taking required maths and literature classes before she could even start training for her profession.  Not to mention the expense of all of that.  I was flabbergasted that my cousin could just go to school to learn nursing.  Valuing education is a good thing, but I think it devalues it when we have a bunch of people in college simply jumping hurdles to get to their goal.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes

by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Oct 12th, 2005 at 03:25:21 PM EST
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Middle class snobbery.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Oct 13th, 2005 at 12:04:35 PM EST
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