The Facts

A Letter From a Young Laborer

We want to share a message we received from a skilled worker down in Florida who’s spent a lot of time thinking about the way we educate new generations to prepare to enter the labor force– and how our schools have increasingly dropped the ball when it comes to empowering workers.

Read what he had to say:

Kids graduating high school desperately need a roadway laid out for them as soon as they graduate. I needed it when I graduated, because the only career choice available to someone like me, that had a 3.0 GPA and scored an 85 on the ASVAB with a high school diploma was to either flip burgers or roll over and die. What kind of life is that?

No one will hire a young kid with no experience, and public school certainly does not provide any notable life experience. we are failing as a society on so many fronts, but if we corrected the way we raise the youth, we might have a chance to recover. if I were to start anywhere in government, my #1 concern would be establishing a better pathway for children’s futures. I guarantee at least 80% of kids in school today don’t know what they want to be when they grow up, and to me, that’s sad, but also extremely understandable– because I was that kid.

I was only exposed to the very narrow curriculum of public education. I had no idea what I wanted to be because I had no idea what was even out there to choose from. That’s why the most effective move we could make as a nation is ensuring the youth is geared in the right direction. please give them some kind of hope for the future. Feed their minds a challenge that they will need to overcome. Give them a purpose, please. We desperately need this.

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