Posted on | December 28, 2012 | 9 Comments
The New York Times seems concerned that teens in the fracking belt of eastern Montana are opting to work in the new oil-field economy right after high school rather than going straight on to college. A front-page story warns: Taking a job is “a lucrative but risky decision for any 18-year-old to make, one that could foreclose on his future if the frenzied pace of oil and gas drilling from here to North Dakota to Texas falters and work dries up.”
Let’s see. Where is a teenager more likely to learn the basic and transferable virtue of showing up every day and on time, not to mention how to get along with a boss and fit into an organization — as a communications and binge-drinking double major at Missoula State University, or as a mechanic fixing broken rig equipment?
(Hat-tip: Instapundit.) My own children — including my 23-year-old daughter, who graduated summa cum laude and is now in her second year of teaching elementary school — have worked their way through college. Speaking of “basic and transferable” virtues, one of my 20-year-old twin sons will report for Army basic training in a couple of weeks, a work experience that will qualify him for higher education benefits, as well as killing terrorists. (Because he hates terrorists.)