Four-part series focusing on what we can learn from Germany. (Thanks to David Aubin for sharing the link.)
Part 1. How can we CONTROL THE COSTS of higher education? (Is this even desirable?)
Part 3. Germany produces happy, successful and even "ARISTOCRATIC" BLUE COLLAR WORKERS, -- rather than so-called cultural misfits in the USA: those people who don't dream of going to college.
Try a paid apprenticeship! A company WILL PAY YOU ~ $1200/month to learn to be a good employee. Once your 3 year training period is over, most apprentice-graduates will then get hired by their host company -- and salaries starting at US$ 60,000 aren't unheard of. Compare that 4 year period with being a US college student for 4 years, paying even $60,000/year x 4 for a diploma:
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Total
German Apprenticeship $14,400 $14,400 $14,400 $60,000 $103,000 INCOME!
USA 4 year University $22-60K $22-60K $22-60K $22-60K $88,000-240,000 in DEBT
Part 4. How TALENT AND ABILITIES ARE CHANNELED in Germany, which keeps kids engaged and productive.
The beginning part of this report shows a strong American bias. Most often, parents who attended university themselves are going to wish that for their children, too. But the system succeeds as is in many ways, since it tends to support kids at the pace at which they are currently developing. Should a student develop to the point of wanting more of a challenge, those separate educational tracks can merge.
A further point is that the Realschule and the Hauptschule are merging into a Gesamtschule (or inclusive school) so that