Magazine August 12, 2019, Issue

The Case for More Occupational Training

Ironworker apprentices practice their welding skills. (Jason Cohn/Reuters)
And fewer degrees

On June 12, Brandon Webber shot a man five times at point-blank range and stole his car. When U.S. Marshals attempted to arrest him in Memphis, Webber rammed their car and was fatally shot after he fled. This outcome seems to be the downside of the disconnectedness, from school and from paid employment, that he experienced. By all accounts he was a responsible, positive individual while in high school. Typical of those who knew him then was his tenth-grade history teacher, Mary McIntosh, who continued to work with him until he graduated. “He was an excellent student,” she recalled. “For

This article appears as “Jobs or College?” in the August 12, 2019, print edition of National Review.

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