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Old 11-29-2010, 05:06 PM
Location: St. Ann, MO
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Originally Posted by moorlander View Post
You can't just "make the city schools better." Interesting article about throwing money at schools.
Yea, that was basically my point as well...Improving the schools involves more than simply dumping money into them, although more money will help significantly. The biggest hurdle is encouraging individuals to achieve (aka, the student must be pushed to achieve). From grade school it never seemed that going or not going to college was a choice i'd be making, it was made for me by my parents in my youth. Everything from continuing to reinforce the phrase "Well, after you graduate college and enter the workforce." etc, along with starting a college fund, seemed to reinforce that my education wasn't finished until graduating a university.

Now i don't think that you have to go to college in order to be successful. It's often said that a person who goes to college will earn more than a non-college graduate, but I also think there can be some pretty large differences in debt loads after graduation vs a person who simply entered the workforce after high school. My basic point is that parents/teachers/and students need to put the student's education in the forefront, and not settle for mediocrity.
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Old 11-29-2010, 06:04 PM
Location: Clayton, MO
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^ If you wanna make the big bucks you really need an advanced degree. If you're in your 20's and want anything other than an entry level job paying $35-40k then you better have 5yrs experience or a masters degree. (sure there are exceptions)
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Old 11-29-2010, 07:51 PM
Location: St. Ann, MO
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industries are funny things. I had lots of friends graduate college with me some made good $$ and some didn't...I graduated with a degree in aviation tech and was a flight instructor for a year, made about 10k...got hired at an airline and made 22k...made captain at that airline and was making 65-70k....was kicked back to a first officer because of the economy and made 35k....got a cushy job now and make 60k. Others i know have had better and worse luck, lol....It's a crapshoot.

What's really awesome is that pilot job of mine didn't require any degree, to be a first officer or a captain...so you could finish highschool and make yourself an eventual 100k/yr job flying passengers around the country...I'd also advise on being an electrician or a plumber....that'll always be in demand.
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Old 11-29-2010, 08:13 PM
Location: Shaw, St. Louis/West Ridge, Chicago/WuDaoKou, Beijing
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my old man has a GED and makes 6 figures...heh...most billionaires have no college education.
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Old 11-30-2010, 07:00 AM
Location: Volker, Kansas City, MO
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^And on the flip side my mom has a masters (and is well on her way to a doctorate) and has 30 years of experience teaching and makes well less than 50k. It's all about the industry.
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