Five to ten years from now, who is going to be making more money?
Who has a job with a better retirement plan and other benefits?
It's not like teachers work 8:00 - 3:00 on weekdays. After the last bell, it was time to grade papers, work on next week's lesson plans, set up for lab experiments/dissections, take turns proctoring detention and chaperoning school dances, and attending extracurricular activities to show that you are part of the whole community.
Try teaching at a Catholic school if you want to not get rich. When I taught at Shanley, I punched the lunch card tickets one semester in exchange for a free lunch an tutored kids in the Title 1 program for kids who needed extra help with reading and math.
I don't have any problem with people earning $80k in the oil fields. Germany requires high school graduates to do a year of public service or join the military after high school in exchange for a practically free college education. That seems like a good way to give young adults a taste of being a grown-up before heading off to college.
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I have a couple of buddies who didnt graduate college but are now making around 100k in the oil fields. They may not have a degree to fall back on but I guess you can always go back. Hell I know plenty of ppl with degrees who are working in the fields and are making much more than they would otherwise
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NorthernBison is right.
It's like The Machine in the Pit of Despair.
Breaking a sweat literally takes years off your life.
The three purposes of the University?--To provide sex for the students, sports for the alumni, and parking for the faculty.
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What I was referring to was the really hard physical labor. Percentage wise, not many can keep that up for a long career. The body simply wears out. How many guys do you see throwing concrete blocks around until they retire? If they do, how damaged are they? I know there are exceptions.
How many old guys do you see working the oil rigs? It's a young man's game and the wages are high not because of the "skill" required but because of the danger and damage it causes.
On a related note, what is the normal life expectancy of former NFL players. Physical damage tends to be cumulative.
Heart disease is the leading killer of men. Physical activity is probably a great way to keep the heart healthy.