My parents left the Netherlands for Canada in 1953. Because of that, I have a bit of familiarity with their educational system. I subscribe to a DutchNews newsletter and saw this news bite today. Notice that in secondary school there is a serious option for students to prepare for a trade. In fact, if you do the numbers, there are more students preparing for trades than for college and university combined. This fits with the call of scripture to train up a child in the way he should go -- according to his gifts.
Secondary school final exams begin
Some 205,000 secondary school pupils start taking their final exams on Monday. In total, 105,350 trade school pupils (vmbo), 58,700 pre-college pupils (havo) and 41,200 pre-university students (vwo) face two weeks of tests. More