This year has been an interesting experience – for the first time I’ve been teaching some senior classes, including economics. A couple of weeks ago we were talking about unemployment and finding a job in today’s economy. I mentioned that the oil industry is begging for workers today – and that there are good paying jobs for folks who don’t have a college degree down in the Oil Patch and up in the Dakotas. Several of my students were outraged – because they thought I was encouraging them to not go to college. I wasn’t, of course – I was simply commenting on the fact that not every good job requires a college degree.
Which leads me to Marco Rubio and his observation this weekend.
Not everyone needs a four-year degree to be successful, said Republican Sen. Marco Rubio at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week. “We still need plumbers.” At 41, he just finished paying off his student debt from college and law school — and he had to write a book to do it.
Let’s face it – not all of our students want to go to college. Not all of them need to go to college to reach their career goals. And most importantly, not all of them have the aptitude to do well in a traditional college program. It is foolish for us to pretend otherwise – and we need to quit trying make them fit.