The system of Apprenticeship was first developed in the Middle Ages. A Master craftsman was entititeld to take on young people for cheap labor in exchange for accomodation, food, and formal training. Most apprentices aspire to become a Master themselves some day. Therefore, apprentices were regarded with respect. It gave the family the assurance that their offsping will make it in life. There is no substitution for experience. Especially if it is acquired at a young age.
School is not for everybody. Graduating does not gurantee a successful career. Acquired skills on the other hand can be made to use in companies as well as for independent contractors. Every skilled tradesman/woman has the ability to work for themselves. They are not dependent on employment.
The American Dream is also the succession from Apprentice to Master. Prospective Apprentices should not be required to complete high school but should be able to leave school in their teens to start an apprenticeship. In order to guarantee elementary education additional schooling in a Trade School augments the practical training by a Master.
The apprenticeship system is not new to the US. In the United States conditions of apprenticeship have typically been more flexible than those in Europe. This type of training is overseen by the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, established within the U.S. Department of Labor in 1937. Over the years most states require the completion of high school as basic education pushing the sppenticeship system in the back groud.
There have been efforts to bring this sytem back to life. Youth apprenticeship has been successfully piloted in a number of states including, Washington, Wisconsin, Colorado, Oregon, North Carolina and South Carolina. Just as in many European countries apprenticeships programs need to be recognized and supported by the federal government. Master, Journeyman, and Apprentice need to be registered and acknowledged titles just as Phd, Master or Bachelor. Wouldn't you rather hirw a Master electrician with his apprentice than an unregistered contractor?
HOW DID YOU DIE?
Did you tackle that trouble that came your way
With a resolute heart and cheerful?
Or hide your face from the light of day
With a craven soul and fearful?
Oh, a trouble's a ton, or a trouble's an ounce,
Or a trouble is what you make it,
And it isn't the fact that you're hurt that counts,
But only how did you take it?
You are beaten to earth? Well, well, what's that?
Come up with a smiling face.
It's nothing against you to fall down flat,
But to lie there -- that's disgrace.
The harder you're thrown, why the higher you bounce;
Be proud of your blackened eye!
It isn't the fact that you're licked that counts,
It's how did you fight -- and why?
And though you be done to the death, what then?
If you battled the best you could,
If you played your part in the world of men,
Why, the Critic will call it good.
Death comes with a crawl, or comes with a pounce,
And whether he's slow or spry,
It isn't the fact that you're dead that counts,
But only how did you die?
[Posted by Hazel R; Original by Edmund Vance Cooke 1866-1932]