“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.

Articles Sourced:

America the Uneducated

Most Americans See College as Essential to Getting a Good Job

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§ 4 Responses to “We don’t point; it’s rude.” |Educator, Educate Thyself

  • allendar says:

    I guess I somewhat disagree and agree….lol…they say the current bachelors degree is like the high school diploma of when I was coming through and the master’s degree is like having a bachelor’s degree…so I think if you look out there…people with high school diplomas don’t get anything near the pay of those who have bachelor’s degrees. And yes, your bachelor’s degree in particular is not as profitable as one say in computer science, but God will still use it and it shows you are a learning individual which goes a long way in businesses. It does take longer to get where you want to go in our country nowadays because there are so many out there getting educations compared to years ago…but it isn’t impossible. And good hard work is compensated likewise….pounding the pavement always pays off eventually. Dad spends at least 2 hours a day looking for jobs. If you stay the course and get the degree you ultimately wanted, then God will bless you enough to pay off those loans…if you get in a hurry like we did…you will end up fairly in poverty the rest of your lives…or could ultimately. It never pays to be in a hurry….”all good things come to those who wait.” Looking forward to your Saturday postings!

    • Daniel Bacon says:

      Your right. I wish that the whole bachelors = high-school, masters = bachelors, was a result of people getting smarter and not because we’ve lowered the standard. (but that’s maybe for another day). Thanks for commenting.

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