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Mike Rowe slams ‘crazy’ idea every student must go to college to get a good-paying job


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TV host Mike Rowe slams the idea that every student must go to a four-year college in order to secure a good-paying job as wasteful, misguided and — in a word — “crazy.”

“We’re lending money we don’t have to kids who can’t pay it back to educate them for jobs that don’t exist anymore, and that’s crazy,” says Mr. Rowe, the former host of the Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs” who has a new show on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.

Make no mistake: He is the first to admit he’s on a mission to show his viewers there are plenty of opportunities for meaningful jobs, some offering six-figure incomes.
The problem, he says, is that the public school system has failed to tell students about such jobs and provide them the skills training to perform them. Instead, schools have done away with vocational training to focus on academic learning, creating a one-size-fits-all model of college-to-workforce that doesn’t recognize the real opportunities in the workplace and the real needs of society, he says.:snip:

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