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Vocational technical programs across the country have been derided and slashed. Better for the student who does not understand calculus and cannot read to be passed through in order to flunk out of college, rather than cultivate his interest in a job that can actually pay the bills.

Owing to the belief that you cannot succeed without college, blue-collar jobs are largely seen as an anathema rather than a way to make a good living and possibly even a great one — without all the debt and misery so many college grads are encountering today. All you need to do is look around at the successful electricians, plumbers, mechanics and lawn-care professionals to realize this fact.

Around the world, higher-rated public school systems regularly channel students into careers for which they show an aptitude and can find success. That does not mean taking a person’s choice of careers away, but it does mean admitting everyone is not the same and of equal ability. Youngsters are funneled into subjects that meet their passions and abilities.

When you look around and talk to successful people, you find the overwhelming majority found the specialty that best melded their abilities and interests. They were able to pursue their dreams with passion and confidence. Talk to the average college graduate, and most will be flummoxed to tell you exactly what they want to do, much less how to get there.

At every turn we are putting obstacles in the way of preparing our children to succeed. Every politician’s speech on education reform results in America ceding ground to the rest of the world. Each parent who insists her child is an angel and should be passed despite never doing homework is dooming future generations of Americans through entitlement and low achievement.

We watch as America burns from the ground up, focusing on bullying and self-esteem instead of knowledge, achievement and success. Acceptance of the status quo is, without a doubt, akin to saying, “I hate America and my children.”

Armstrong Williams is the author of the book “Reawakening Virtues.” Join him from 4 to 5 a.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. daily on Sirius/XM Power 128. Become a fan on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter.