Even when you tell them about the many high-paying jobs that are available in the manufacturing industry, it is just not a career that they are considering. And of those few high school students who might show an interest, fewer yet would be young women.
Last year more than 1.5 million new bachelor's degree holders reported being either unemployed or underemployed -- a national tragedy by any measure. These young people enrolled in college with the expectation that a degree would improve their lives. They certainly deserved better.
My family and I recently had a discussion around the practicality of education. Stereotypically, academia is regarded as devoid from reality, with professors dreamily creating scenarios in the "ivory tower."