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Monday, February 07, 2011

Nostalgic for Yesterday's Nonsense

I'm sure that my dozen or so readers have heard of a study that pointed out that college is not appropriate for everybody. For some reason, one of the reactions among my fellow wingnuts has been nostalgia for the earlier system in which many students were pushed into vocational education as though that were a matter of the free market at work. On the contrary, vocational education was pushed by The Cardinal Principles of Secondary Education (dissected here and there more authoritatively than I can manage).

I suspect it was an earlier incarnation of the theory that it's more important to go to school than to actually learn anything.


Anonymous Vader said...

As a proud 1/12th of your readership, I didn't need no stinking study to know college isn't for everyone.

Or most everyone.

Or even that large a minority.

I think we would be less tolerant of our crappy high schools if we knew that, for the vast majority of us, that was as much education as we were going to get.

11:57 AM  
Anonymous eddie said...

My children will receive only such education as is sufficient to work on a family farm.

They will then be rented out to a suitable farming family. I may even visit them from time to time, while collecting the rent checks.

1:54 PM  

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