Country Living Series

Saturday, September 14, 2013

The albatross of higher education

Here's this weekend's WND column entitled The Albatross of Higher Education.


It's pretty much a recap of the earlier blog post on the subject, but hey, it's been a busy week.

16 comments:

  1. Well and darned well said Patrice. Businesses need workers. Not leftist ideologs. Perhaps Andria's degree isn't helping because to a potential employer the degree is 1) worthless and 2) an indication of an illogical dreamer. My Dad, who was a successful salesman, often said he would trade 2 MBA's for a good used car salesman anytime.

    Huggs..

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  2. Social justice, peace studies, gender studies, African American studies, Hispanic studies. There is a reason why these are called Hate Studies. If you know nothing about these degrees you may assume they are merely historical or informational. Nothing could be further from the truth. In all cases the information in these courses is made up, fiction, pure BS. Secondly the "professors" are not scholars so much as activists or community organizers. The purpose of these courses is to separate people into two groups; them and us. And to make up bad things about "them" and wonderful glorious things about "us". How do you do this? Simple, you give them a reason to hate "them". You create fairy tales with innocent people who look like "us" (Trayvon could be Obama's son) being victimized by people who look like "them". Look at the recent example of the destruction of a 9/11 memorial by an activist and a "native American" in Middlebury Vt. The "native American is offended by American flags puncturing the very ground where her ancestors were killed. What! 300 years ago! And how many immigrants did her ancestors kill. How does this compute in someone's mind?? I'm stumped. 300 years ago someone we don't know killed someone else we don't know for reasons we don't know and today someone who for no other reason then their race wants to start a fight over it!? Give me a break. What a contrived argument.

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  3. Love it! I AMA fully credentialed teacher with out a job! I am in a huge debt because back when I was in college the economy needed teachers so bad! Well years later its so bad that teacher elementary and some high school have no job! I mean there are teachers who have worked for 8 years getting let go because lack of funding.... Seriously get a labor style job, nothing wrong with that, at least it is job, better than having no job. Oh and let me tell you the more education you have the harder it is to find a job even at fast food places, many dont want someone with college, managers think you want then job and since you have a degree they think corporate will give it to them, but in reality all we want is a job!!!!

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    1. & You are a "credentialed" teacher???? One wants to know in what? I hope not in "english" or "writing" or in "whatever"?! You really need to go back to grammar school, I think..... Perhaps, then someone may have "pity" on you and give you a job.

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    2. The world changes and those who can adapt succeed. Those who can't don't. You chose to borrow large amounts of money and you chose your profession. Don't blame anyone except yourself if your choices were bad ones. Now is the time to make new choices and perhaps a new career. Or you can sit and whine about how life has been unkind to you.

      There were a great many factory workers in the rust belt that lost their jobs when the factories closed. Some of them sat and complained how it wasn't fair the companies abandoned them. They refuse to acknowledge that they and their unions were largely responsible for those closures. Those who made changes did alright, including starting their own businesses,which made them finally realize that everything the companies complained about regarding the government and the unions….was true. Those who didn’t make changes stayed bitter failures.

      We all have to make choices and sometime we must make changes in life. Whining won’t get you a job.

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  4. You mentioned that your oldest daughter loves kids and books.

    My late wife (my bride for 57 good years) also loved kids and books. She might be a good role model for your daughter. She (my late wife) and I married a few days after I graduated from college. At that time she had an AA degree. Over time she became a self-taught professional home maker, mother of 5 good kids, and “wilderness wife”. She learned to enjoy life despite frequent and prolonged power outages during winter storms, driving a 4x4 with all 4 chained up thru deep snow, doctoring livestock savaged by wild dogs, and hot summers without air conditioning.

    After the kids were more or less raised she opened an antique oil and electric lamp shop which was quite successful. Again – she was self-taught in their history, how to use them, and how to repair and restore them. After several years she decided she wanted to go back to college and so she did. She got her bachelors and master’s in anthropology, and in so doing made several trips to Mexico to learn more about her then current passion – Mexican folklore.

    After that she went to work as a full time volunteer at a local historical museum where her museum technology skills were put to great use. She was working there when she had a stroke several years ago. Though severely incapacitated by that, she continued her volunteer work up to just a few weeks before she died as a result of falling from her wheelchair while wheeling about the house doing household chores. She was, and remains, a heroine to those who knew her. Hers was a life well lived. More folks – men and women – should aspire to emulate her.

    Hangtown Frank

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  5. Also by being a nanny it is possible for her to raise a child of her own without the fear of the father flaking out. Flaky males are a problem in my corner of the world and the reason it is highly likely that my folks will not get the pleasure of grand children.

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  6. "flaky males"? maybe. That is maybe you are correct and I have no disagreement with you. But it seems more likely that what we have is the government acting as father/husband/supporter to unwed mothers while at the same time persecuting the fathers. Why no marriage? Could it really be all the men are flaky? What happens to the welfare, SNAP, WIC, etc. if the mother marries? Some or all of it can be lost. For that reason many of these "flaky" females do not want to marry baby-daddy. So baby-daddy drifts out of the picture to be replaced by the next baby-daddy and so on until the flaky female has enough children to actually live pretty well off of Uncle Sam (oops I mean the taxpayers). So what drives off the flaky males? I mean other then the flaky female procreating with other flaky males and not allowing the first baby daddy to see baby and in general driving the dad out of their lives so they had freedom to do what they please. All this time the state will pursue baby-daddy for child support but somehow baby-mommy never has to pay child support (so much for equality). So who is flaky and what, exactly, is the problem? Did the flaky female choose to get pregnant? Certainly some/most do. Did the flaky female know that if/when they had a baby the "free stuff" would flow profusely? SO who was flaky?

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  7. I have an BSc. degree and it has served me well, but the degree was part of a plan.
    No, not the vague tons o' money plan. :)
    However, a degree is hardly necessary for success in life. And I include money as only one part of my definition of success.

    A perfect example is my neighbor, who actually DOES have tons o' money, but has no degree. He became a heavy equipment operator part-time while in high school. As his life progressed, he bought piece after piece of equipment to hire out, and now owns (free and clear) something like 12 or 13 diggers, pushers, and haulers. Oh yeah, he also owns the building and surrounding acreage housing his business, plus several trucks and trailers to carry his equipment to sites all over the state.
    This guy could buy and sell me several times over.

    A man with the job of butcher has, oh I don't know, maybe four thousand years of history behind him.
    Excuse me for thinking clearly, but this sounds pretty long-lasting to me. Let's compare that to some nose-in-the-air-guy with a degree as "Systems Analyst" (whatever that is), which has maybe a 30-year job history.

    Come back in 1000 years and see which job is still here.


    - Charlie

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  8. I agree with the last poster. There is nothing more damaging to this country then young females who are reproducing without need of a Husband, They instead raise there Sons and Daughters to become a burden on the system by copying their flaky Momma's behavior. Liberals, Lawyers and Judges have ruined this country with No fault Divorce and Generous Welfare handouts to the undeserving masses. Hollywood and Media in general is responsible for pushing the Lefts Radical Feminism and Sexual Revolution that brought us to this disastrous state of affairs we live in . Thanks Patrice and Don for raising up two fine young women who will be assets instead of Liabilities to our society.

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  9. Patrice,
    Another good article - however, I want to point out that not only does your choice of major matter in the economic decision of whether or not to go to college, so does your choice of school. There are well regarded schools where the same degree is much cheaper than flashy (and expensive) schools. Why spend $100,000 to $200,000 on a degree when you can get the same degree for $50,000 to $60,000?
    Jonathan

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  10. Patrice,
    Another good article - however, I want to point out that not only does your choice of major matter in the economic decision of whether or not to go to college, so does your choice of school. There are well regarded schools where the same degree is much cheaper than flashy (and expensive) schools. Why spend $100,000 to $200,000 on a degree when you can get the same degree for $50,000 to $60,000?
    Jonathan

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  11. I agree you can get the same education for less money. Unfortunately Big Corporation's and Government Entities tend to look at sheep skins from more Prestigious Universities over small unheard of schools. There is also the issue of graduates who have benefitted from Affirmative action . I believe Most employers avoid them in private Industry because they don't know If the Individual really did the work or were given a passing grade over more qualified Students on the basis of Race, Gender, Sexual preference . Then again some companies seek these folks out to meet there Diversity Quota for Company P.R. purposes or Tax Breaks, In the case of Government, Its almost a 100% guaranteed Job if you are from a preferred minority group . It would be nice to have a level playing field for all candidates, Where the best and brightest got there on there own merit .Sadly I believe Fairness Doctrines makes this an Impossibility and will eventually render our work force uncompetitive in the global market . I still think 95% of our kids would be better off learning a Valuable trade such as Young master HG.

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  12. The one sentence prospective students/apprentices should finish: "Upon graduation I will BE A..."

    No one cares what you will have a degree in. What will YOU BE?
    Montana Guy

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  13. Your daughter sounds like she is interested in Motherhood and would be a good one. I dare say a good matchmaker would be worth more then the college degree.

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  14. My parents always made us look at employment ads before we looked at college.

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