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Scott Campbell June 5th, 2013

Regarding Vince Orza’s commentary about kids in college today (”College shouldn’t be never-ending,” May 15, Oklahoma Gazette), he doesn’t understand one big point: High schools don’t teach kids about career choices.

Which school offers a real, semesterlong class where kids are shown the reality of college-based occupations vs. technical school occupations? Which high school has a mandatory class that has testing for a student’s interests/abilities and helps a kid match that to real job careers with a livable salary?

Kids watch TV and see different situations where nearly everyone makes a great salary, lives in a beautiful home and never seems to have money problems. That isn’t what happens to most of us.

There should be a class that every student must take that tests them and shows the students and their parents where the child’s natural abilities and interests lie, what careers match with those abilities and their earning potential. Kids need to know that some college degree careers pay less than some vo-tech careers. The class also needs to teach kids about everything from checking/ savings account info to credit cards and mortgage- and car-payment scenarios.

I graduated from college in 1977; it took me five years. I changed majors three times, adding a year to college. They didn’t have a class like that in 1972, either.

—Scot Campbell, Coyle

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