Four-year college is not for everyone. We need to make more pathways available to students

Four-year college is not for everyone. We need to make more pathways available to students


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.

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The reality is that there are multiple viable pathways available to

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