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The drive of the student

Every individual has an inner drive that directs their actions to meet personal goals.  College courses, degrees and appropriate credits create a very structured way of achieving these personal goals; but is it the best way? Is this combination of required courses really going to help us along the path to attaining our dream career?  Do I need to learn ancient history to be an effective supplies manager?  Is it really necessary to learn biology to go into construction? There’s less if any drive to do work in a class that has no real life application to what the student wants to do.

I would argue that for many jobs a trade school oriented form of education could be applied. I could see this being very effective in areas that already trade school or apprenticeship based like welding, plumbing, mechanic jobs, and architecture. It isn’t the whole of education that needs to be reformed but that some aspects should be stripped away. The required general courses could be seen as a waste in that they have little to no application in the students anticipated work field.

In a changing world it is important that we ourselves and our systems change to match it. The education system of letter grades, general education courses and by the book learning is still in place. The students aren’t all interested and many of the courses are a waste of time for them. It is significantly harder to do well in a class that isn’t compelling or useful in the intended field of work or study.

Over qualification for dead end jobs is an issue that trade school type education could possibly assist in as we have so many college students working in a McDonalds or waitressing. There is nothing wrong with those jobs but neither requires a full college education. The specialization of classes for fields of work would help minimize this over qualification and perhaps even lower the debts created by getting a solid college education for so many people.

 

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