Thursday, September 5, 2013

Profound Thought for the Day

"If everyone went to college we would have the world's most highly educated Walmart and McDonalds employees."

 -- Origin unknown.

6 comments:

Nando said...

On October 20, 2010, Ohio University economics professor Richard Vedder asked "Why Did 17 Million Students go to College?" It appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

http://chronicle.com/blogs/innovations/why-did-17-million-students-go-to-college/27634

"Over 317,000 waiters and waitresses have college degrees (over 8,000 of them have doctoral or professional degrees), along with over 80,000 bartenders, and over 18,000 parking lot attendants. All told, some 17,000,000 Americans with college degrees are doing jobs that the BLS says require less than the skill levels associated with a bachelor’s degree."

Later on, the author wrote:

"The relentless claims of the Obama administration and others that having more college graduates is necessary for continued economic leadership is incompatible with this view. Putting issues of student abilities aside, the growing disconnect between labor market realities and the propaganda of higher-education apologists is causing more and more people to graduate and take menial jobs or no job at all. This is even true at the doctoral and professional level—there are 5,057 janitors in the U.S. with Ph.D.’s, other doctorates, or professional degrees."

Frank the Underemployed Professional said...

I've been meaning to blog about that and related articles for some time. I like the work that CCAP is doing but wish they were more adamant about reducing the number of people going to college and the number of colleges. In addition to starting an alternative bar association, another one of my unfulfilled dreams is to start my own advocacy organization dedicated to reducing college graduate production so that the supply of new graduates is much closer to the actual demand.

I need to get off of my fat butt and start blogging again.

Nando said...

We need you on the front lines again, Frank. The early days were so much fun, with JJD, BIDER, L4L, unperson, JD Underdog, etc. But now that we have put this issue front and center - where it belongs - it is great watching the law school cockroaches scurry into the corners.

High Arka said...

I like hearing "scuttling," Nando, but the law school cockroaches are scuttling with millions of dollars in hand, off to retire in penthouse suites (driving mere E classes instead of S, as a testament to the suffering they endured as the scam got a little less profitable).

If you want to keep this train rolling, you should be talking about compensating those who were scammed, and punishing those who did it; not just about stopping future scams and letting the perps keep their dough.

Anonymous said...

War is hope. With IBR, "public service" and the ASaudi's promising to pay for military intervention in the Mideast; indentured students will be lead to a military career like the cattle brought to the slaughter.

Dona Furiosa said...

I am so glad I went to graduate school. It makes mopping the greasy floor so much more meaningful, and places it in a larger context.

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