In the high school where I teach, it is absolute blasphemy to tell a student that college may not be for them. We are supposed to push higher education at all times, for everyone. But what about the kid who can barely read or write and is only graduating because he is being pushed through? Should we not try to teach this kid a skill instead? Maybe he's good with his hands, and would make a great electrician, and make more money than most of the teachers with advanced degrees who teach him.
And what about the girl who tells me on a daily basis that she despises reading and writing (and can't do much of either) but plans on going to college to be a lawyer? Would it not be wise for me to inform her that she'd be wasting her money and she should also consider other roads?
Oh but what about the young lady who plays nail salon in the back of the classroom, and refuses to do any work? Could I not suggest that she get a cosmetology license and maybe learn how to run a salon as opposed to wasting her time and money in college?
The world needs hair stylists, heating and air conditioning repair, cooks etc.
Maybe instead of wasting time and money in college, and causing even lower self esteem, we should push kids to learn a skill?