Writing in the Opinion Journal, Charles Murray, the public intellectual, makes a strong case for 1) vocational training and 2) college not being for the masses.
This is welcome news for homeschoolers pursuing the trades: "Finding a good carpenter, painter, electrician, plumber, glazier, mason -- the list goes on and on -- is difficult, and it is a seller's market. Journeymen craftsmen routinely make incomes in the top half of the income distribution while master craftsmen can make six figures. They have work even in a soft economy. Their jobs cannot be outsourced to India. And the craftsman's job provides wonderful intrinsic rewards that come from mastery of a challenging skill that produces tangible results. How many white-collar jobs provide nearly as much satisfaction?"
Not only that, a painter or mason can more readily start his own small business as opposed to someone whose white collar skills limits them to working for the government or a corporation or a politico.