Growing up, every child wanted to play as a quarterback. But as a football coach, it’s your job to make sure the other positions are filled in a way that maximizes each player’s abilities and, collectively, the team’s. A lot of students may not want to play offensive lineman at first — until they realize that they actually thrive at the position and that without them, the team falls apart.
A team full of only quarterbacks is dysfunctional. To push players exclusively to pursue one position does the players, and ultimately the team, a disservice.
Right now, our education system is essentially offering only the “quarterback” path when it pushes students to pursue a four-year college degree. That’s a problem because a traditional four-year college is not the best fit for every single student. Boxing students into one path for higher education leaves many quality jobs unfilled.
The reality is that there are multiple viable pathways available to