“We don’t point; it’s rude.” |Educator, Educate Thyself
31 March, 2012 § 4 Comments
Note: It’s Saturday, the most recognized day off of work or school day that we know. So, I’m going to take these next Saturday’s and run a little topical peak into education and the sense of it all. Here starts the Educator, Educate Thyself portion of One More Straw.
I am earning my bachelor’s degree. According to a 2005 Business week article, 28% of American’s have a college education. This poll tells me that a hypothetical 82% of my “of age,” countrymen and women that could have had an education, didn’t. According to a 2011 Gallup poll 69% of Americans polled agreed that having a college degree is essential for getting a good job in this country. At this point I’m feeling pretty good about myself. I’m counted with the 28% (or whatever the percentage is now) and 69% of my country is cheering me on! In fact I even get a stipend of financial aid from good ‘ol ‘bama for making the effort.
I should be ecstatic right? Well, no. *buzzer* I’m sorry, better luck next time!
The truth is that there are an awful lot of people out there with their B.A.’s in whatever, that are mopping cafeteria floors and flipping up burgers. So… what then, is the average college education worthless? Am I just another broke, “well rounded,” individual who’s prepared for absolutely nothing? There is something desperately wrong with a system in which a man or women can go through sixteen years of education only to have it count for nothing. That’s 32 semesters, 48 trimesters or 64 quarters. In other words, a holy-indebted-up-to-my-eyeball’s-batman, later and I’m prepared for a career as a school janitor. What is the point? You don’t need a college education to be a janitor?
We don’t point; it’s rude.