Vocational education advocates battle enormous prejudices - Yahoo! News Quote from the article "We've elevated the importance of 'higher education' to such a lofty perch that all other forms of knowledge are now labeled 'alternative,'" he said. "Millions of parents and kids see apprenticeships and on-the-job-training opportunities as vocational consolation prizes, best suited for those not cut out for a four-year degree. And still, we talk about millions of 'shovel ready' jobs for a society that doesn't encourage people to pick up a shovel." I think its about time somebody stood up for learning a trade. Not every child can or should go for a 4 year degree. There are lots of good high paying jobs for carpenters, electricians, and plumbers.