American Colleges & Universities In A Race To The Bottom

May 7, 2017

Take the scenario where a few high school friends get together some years after graduating and compare notes. Hat-tip Their higher education experiences differ as do their incomes. The high school teacher makes the least amount of money. A recent business school graduate makes a bit more. A third member of the group as a civil engineer makes even more than the first two, but there are 2 more that don’t have college degrees and they make even more than the rest of them. And they aren’t strapped with mountains of debt. One drives a Canadian National Railway freight train, the other owns a business that sells school supplies.

Keep in mind all come from similar backgrounds, their work ethic is the same, all their IQs about the same but having college degrees don’t mean these people will fare the same in the real life. You have to ask, is college worth it? And what I see going on today in our colleges points to a ‘NO’ for many people.

It’s actually worse than the high school friends above. Which institution will move the bar to the lowest point imaginable remains to be seen. These examples from American Thinker are freighting especially considering that tax dollars fund many of these institutions.

The University of California at Berkeley recently honored student Juan Prieto with an award for outstanding service to undocumented Illegal immigrant students. Juan then sent out the following tweet:  “Let’s celebrate 5 de Mayo by going to Dolores Park and beating the shit out of white people, in the spirit of La Batalla de Puebla.”

Florida Memorial University, an historic black college that produces a large number of teachers, announced it will be awarding a posthumous degree in Aeronautical Science to Trayvon Martin.

Emory University will cover tuition (100% of financial aid) for all their students that are in the country illegally.

Mira Costa College in southern California will be offering scholarships to students who say they are transgender.

My suggestion is to read and understand Mike Rowe’s 12-point pledge, find something you like and pursue it any way, other than a college setting (interning, find a mentor, go to a trade school, read, read and read some more). You’d be amazed at what you can learn on the internet and YouTube.

Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)

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No Kids, No Pets, No Regrets . . . . but if you do Have Kids, Pay Attention to This

January 3, 2014

Being retired and able to travel, play golf, goof off and basically do what we want to do -I lay it all to a decision my husband and I made shortly after we married. We decided not to have kids. Sure my parents missed the cute little urchin grandbabies they’d maybe visit a couple times a year, everyone else was doing it like rabbits and yeah, it may have been interesting to see what our offspring turned out to be, but none of those are good reasons to have kids. So we didn’t. We love kids and both come from big families; 5 kids in my family, ten in my husband’s and we sorta thought we’d be all in or all out and we simply chose the latter.

Today most people seem to have kids and many of them they are struggling. Parents who thought they’d be retired by now, can’t. Kids who thought they’d be through college by now aren’t or worse yet, they are and only have piles of debt to show for it. Only 8-12% of jobs today require a 4-year degree and yet kids are taught from an early age by society, parents, grandparents (as in my case), or their high school counselors that to get ahead they needed to go to college.

It just ain’t so. Your kids will be much happier if they pursue something they love to do than something they thought they needed to do. Trade & vocational schools and apprenticeships are vastly under-rated and should not be overlooked. What do you say, learn to be a plumber, electrician or some other type of skilled technician where you actually have a needed craft, or graduate with a 4-year degree (that will take you 6 years), a boatload of debt and no prospects for a job and eventually back living with your parents? Gender studies, psychology, international studies in social justice, English literature, mechanical engineering Really? It’s time to get a grip on reality. Take a look at the 20 most useless degrees and see if you don’t agree.

Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)

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