When I was growing up, I had the opportunity to travel the world with my father who was an Army officer. While in Germany in the 1960s I was exposed to their education system and was interested in how they channel their students post-elementary school into professional or technical schools for their high school educations. This provided Germany with a steady supply of both professional and technically trained individuals for their growing industries. Not only were they trained in most technical areas, but they were also bilingual from an early age. We could learn from these systems instead of turning out unskilled workers from our high schools. This is the foundation of having an industrialized society, skilled workers to replace those retiring into good paying jobs.
Where do we get most of them now? The Military! Something needs to change.