Myself I didnt finish college, didnt really have a plan for it after HS and my parents (born in the 50's) thought it was blasphemy that I didnt finish. My sister has gone that route and I couldn't imagine the amount of student debt she has built up and which she will have to start paying this time next year.
"As a nation, we need more college graduates in order to stay competitive in the global economy," Duncan said. "But if the costs keep on rising, especially at a time when family incomes are hurting, college will become increasingly unaffordable for the middle class."
This article and quote made me think why we have shifted from encouraging kids in high school to trade schools or jobs compared to setting themselves up for failure and debt the next 20 years. I know with my kid I will encourage them to explore all the options. Its possible to make a decent living without the debt with hard work. My work force (mostly 18-25 year olds) haven't finished school and are under the impression that a job will be handed to them with a piece of paper