Let me restate that, with emphasis: not every person needs to go to college.
And again: NOT EVERY PERSON NEEDS TO GO TO COLLEGE!
Not only isn't college for everyone, it shouldn't be for everyone. The only people who think everyone should go to college are people who have been to college. Not every person wants or needs to go to college, not every job requires a college education, not every interest can be sated at college.
Yet, some refuse to accept anything other than "college for all". New Mexico legislators are considering moving the state in exactly the wrong direction:
State lawmakers in New Mexico recently proposed a bill that would force high school students to apply for college unless they provide the government with alternative post-graduation plan.We do such a disservice when we insist that high school students focus on college. The message we send to those who don't go to college is that the very first adult decision they make is wrong, and that they've somehow failed. What a terrible thing to tell the majority of students! And what, they don't graduate if they don't file a college application (I'm sure the admissions officers will be happy with all the bogus apps they'll be getting), or commit to an internship, apprenticeship, or military service? There's nothing else of value out in the world?
House Bill 23, sponsored by Republican state representative Nate Gentry and Democratic state senator Daniel Ivey-Soto, would require high school juniors to “file an application with a college or show that the student has committed to an internship or apprenticeship or military service.”
Additionally, the bill mandates that local school boards must ensure that all students are “reasonably informed” about “the financial benefits of graduating a college and the availability of financial aid.”
Those legislators are idiots, as is anyone who votes for that bill.