Monday, August 20, 2012

Just Learn

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 it.

1 comment:

  1. A construction foreman and his wife had this dream of owning a bar. I told him they should volunteer to work behind the counter at their favorite place to see what it was like.

    They had never even worked in a bar, but were making money plans to own one. (?)

    The time cost of eduction, not to mention the dollar cost, is so high it is really important that you figure out if you like/have an affinity for an area of work before you start spending. It is amazing how many people go to school, find work within the area they planned, and quite very quickly because they hate it. The turnover of starting teachers is a particularly notable phenomina.