Too many young people are sold a bill of goods that the only road to success is a college education. In fact, vocational education — such as auto mechanics — can lead to goodpaying jobs.
I had no inkling there was a problem.
The students in my college English class were working in the computer lab, where each station has a wraparound console which affords pupils the privacy they need to concentrate on their writing. But this also means I can’t see everyone at a glance, the way I do in a regular classroom.
So not till I walked to the middle of the room, and then to the very end of a row of stations, did I see the student I’ll call William with his head buried in his hands.
“Are you feeling okay?” I whispered.
No answer. He was shaking.