I'm 18, and a Junior in High School. Not just any high school, mind you, but a tech school, so in my past three years I've had alot of hands on experience with some really experienced teachers, so I know I can work with my hands. Now, thinking back to three years ago, when I was offered the choice of this or a regular school, I knew immediately that getting into a trade I had a passion for would immediately put me ahead of my friends who scoffed when I told them I wanted to go to a tech school. And now I realize that having a passion for something and then getting to know the work involved, will get you places. I've worked my ass off all year, and I have been rewarded with a scholarship to a great local school. My only hope is to work harder and to get scholarships for schools I truly want to go to.
All I can say is, don't waste your kids time (and your money) on an education that for alot of people in the US, ends up being useless. Most companies want to know if their employees can type, use power point and excel, rather than if they have a degree. If your kid has a passion for anything, tell them to focus on that, and do their best to get proficient at it. And then they don't just have jobs, like alot of people do, but a career.
Don't think your time on bad things, just float your little mind around- Jimi Hendrix
Don't take anything I say seriously because it is probably wrong.