Many of my friends have children graduating from high school this year. Both parents and children are looking at the future and wondering what the kids should do with respect to education and training. There is a kind of anxiety attached to these decisions that didn’t used to exist in the way it does now.
For many years we shared the idea that a college degree guaranteed a good and secure living. I think, as a society, we shared this idea far longer than we should have. It hasn’t been true for a number of years but such things always take a long time to be generally understood. Now, the combination of high college costs and low entry-level professional employment has become so stark as to be hard to overlook.