"A direct result of the insane obsession with 4 year degrees, and contempt for technical and vocational schooling."- Nullifidain.
Not a single one of my conservative coworkers have sent their kids on to technical school, let alone entered the trades. Each sent their kids to a four year university or college. Why is that? As one explained, sure the there are good paying technical jobs available but they max out in terms of income around age 35. If you want your kids to have the tools needed to succeed and adapt in the future, the skills and education gained from a four year degree is the only way to go. Tech school is in their opinion for the lower achieving kids of others.