I was reading something the Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, said last week. He said that 20, 30, or 40 years ago, you could drop out of high school and still find a good paying job at the local steel mill or factory or what have you and support your family for life. A big problem that many Americans haven’t adjusted to yet is that those jobs are now all pretty much gone, which makes it more imperative to get a good education.
I’ve got too many younger relatives with a high school education or lower. One’s barely out of high school and has two kids already. Even worse, his youngest needs some kind of surgery. I just want to ask him what the hell he was thinking sometimes.