Conrad vonBlankerburg: There was a time in this country when the school system (starting at about the seventh grade) gave students two parallel paths to choose from. The students were tested for aptitude and interest, and then counseled to follow a college-prep or a trade/industrial arts path. Both offered unlimited opportunity for anyone who wanted to work hard and get ahead.

The trade path can continue in several directions after the work is mastered. But the education mafia killed the trade path because it did not put money in the fraud called education today.

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