Why isn’t anybody doing this for high schools?
On average, it costs around $14,000 a year to educate a high school student. That’s $56,000 per student. High school graduates without college degrees make, on average, $6,000 a year more than high school dropouts.
That means that it, on average, takes 9-9.5 years to “pay back” high school costs.
Since there is not any difference between somebody with basic literacy skills and a high school drop out, in regards to pay. That means that any schooling after 4th grade is “extra”
So 8 x $14,000 = $112,0000. That means that it takes almost 20 years to pay back the cost of “unneeded” schooling.
Shut down all the school which serve areas with high unemployment, since the high schools are, evidently, not fulfilling the main purpose of education (at least according to those Think Tanks) - Making More Money.
Let’s put kids from low income/high unemployment areas in “professional schools” to teach them the “Skills” that they need to know to work in low paying entry level jobs. They don’t need to learn all those wasteful topics like History, Biology, Physics, Literature, etc. They just need to learn how to code, or fill out forms, or press buttons.
I mean, unless a kid is from a wealthy family, why to these peasants need an education at all? When low income kids Get Too Much Education, they Get Ideas, and try to Get Above Themselves.
I’m sorry, but that is exactly the type of thought that is going into so many of these Think Tanks - The Poor Do Need Need An Education.
The fact that the main solution is “let’s shut down departments that we don’t believe are necessary”, rather than “let’s make this education affordable” tells me that the entire point of this exercise is to shut down large parts of higher education.
Here is a revolutionary idea! Let’s make sure that all jobs pay a living wage. Let’s fund higher education so that the costs are not rolled over onto the poorest people. Etc, etc, etc.