I realize higher education after high school isn't for everyone. I am basically talking about kids who drop out of high school. The dropout rates keep getting higher each year.
That said, with manufacturing and other jobs being lost in this country, a college education is necessary in many cases. I graduated from high school in 1968. At that time, you could get a good office job with just a high school diploma. The job I retired from after 43 years with only a high school diploma (Administrative Assistant) now requires at least an Associate's Degree. The same with my husband's position. He was only a high school graduate and worked his way up the ladder in the computer field to the position of Director in his company. When he retired, if you didn't have a college degree, you wouldn't have been hired for his position either.