All I ask is that they do their jobs and shut their mouths. They had ample opportunity to better themselves, but they chose to go make money while I was eating day old mac and cheese before my statistics class. If you choose not to make sacrifices, then I choose you to barrel-scrape for the rest of your natural lives.
until the GI bill became available to veterans after WWII, a college education was the privy of the elite and those very academically gifted, who often attended only because of offered scholarships
it was not until the advent of the GI bill that college enrollments boomed
the graphs would not load but you can see them here: History of U.S. Higher Education | Education Advisor
I voted "Other".
Allow me, as requested, to explain...
No, I don't believe we should force them to complete high school.
But I believe that any future social safety net benefits should be tied to a high school diploma.
Don't want to finish school?
Fine, drop out, but no welfare/food stamps/Medicaid/Section 8 for you.
I recognize that not all kids love school. I sure as heck didn't and barely wound up graduating with a GPA about .2 points above failing. But whether or not you like school, or feel you are getting anything out of it, it's still the absolute minimum bar to ever getting anything even beginning to approach a job that will provide you with a decent standard of living.
If you're not willing to put in the minimum effort that 95% of American employers expect out of you then don't come crying to me to support you when you can't get a job.
Now, if a guy goes the high school dropout route and actually does go to work and earn a decent living, and ends up paying into the system for a couple years, falls on hard times, and needs some help to get back on his feet, I'm okay with that.
“Now it is not good for the Christian’s health to hustle the Aryan brown,
For the Christian riles, and the Aryan smiles and he weareth the Christian down;
And the end of the fight is a tombstone white with the name of the late deceased,
And the epitaph drear: “A Fool lies here who tried to hustle the East.”
He and I are both from Seattle and neither one of us graduated from Harvard. He dropped out and I was never invited.
Seriously though. He and Paul Allen both attend Lakeside. An exclusive private k12 school in Seattle with tuition now at 28k a year. I'd venture to say his education there and two years at Harvard are easily equal to most college educations.