If your child came to you and said, “I have no interest in college. I’d like to be a pig farmer,” would your first reaction be, “You need to go to college. You can get a degree in Animal Husbandry or Agricultural Science and then you can be a veterinarian,” or would you say, “Why don’t you see if you can get a summer job working on a farm and see if that’s truly what you want?”
The reason I ask is that I just read a letter from Mike Rowe, of “Dirty Jobs” fame. He wrote it to Mitt Romney, but he brings up a point that is relevant to all of U.S. society. In response to questions about why there is a skilled labor gap, Mr. Rowe writes:
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