I recently had a reader take umbrage with me over a remark I made in a previous post that not everyone is college material. He seems to believe that all high school students are indeed college material. I can't help but wonder if this gentleman is living in the same world with the rest of us. If he is, then he certainly needs to get his head out of the sand as soon as possible.
At least 30% of all high school students have neither the aptitude nor the desire to get even an Associate's degree or some kind of certificate. Many of those kids, of course, won't even finish high school. As I said in that previous post, some kids are more suited toward learning a trade or attending a technical school. Obviously, we don't want kids dropping out of high school, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with either of the latter options.
Besides, it wouldn't be too practical for everyone to get a college degree. We would still need people to pick up our garbage, clean our public buildings, fix our cars, and pave our roads, for example. If everyone had a college degree, who would be willing to do these kinds of things? Maybe those who believe that everyone is college material should support the concept of open borders between the U.S. and Mexico. Somehow I believe many of them do.