This is my response to "Go to trade school, young man" by Patrice Lewis on World Net Daily:
In my not so humble opinion, everyone who is capable needs to get some form of post-secondary education.
The United States has one of the best systems of adult education in the
world. Of course, that is partially due to overburdening children's
schooling with noneducational requirements. The real question is what
form that education should take.
If you truly want to do something which requires a college degree, by
all means, go to college. If you truly want to work in a trade, go to
trade school. If you don't know what you want, try out different things
before committing. For example, if you think you might want to work in
house construction, try volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. And
don't be afraid to try new things, even things you don't like. I hate
doing my own taxes, but I took the H&R Block introductory tax course
so I could do them better, and I found to my surprise that doing other
people's taxes was enjoyable.
Even when you have a career, don't stop learning. The brain is like a
muscle, the more you use it, the better it works. Studies have shown
decreased rates of senility in people who keep their minds active. You
can take courses which further your career, or find something for an
interest you have or a hobby you enjoy.
If money is an issue, consider taking one class at a time while you're
working. It may take longer to get your degree but not necessarily to
get your degree paid off. You also aren't taking such a big risk if you
decide you don't like the field you've chosen or can't find a job in