I’m sitting here listening to the 2nd Presidential Debate, and the 1st question out of the gate already has my blood pumping. A young man, 20 years old, preparing to graduate in 2014, asked the candidates how they will assure him that he will have a job following graduation from college.
Both candidates pontificated on the importance of good, well-paying jobs for individuals with higher education. Both candidates indicated or implied that more people should be getting a higher education, at more affordable rates, with a more profitable career as a result.
To borrow a line from my least favorite politician, “That’s a bunch of stuff.” Yeah, “malarkey” even…
Here’s the unpopular truth, folks. Not everyone should get a college-level education.
Remember back in the day, when part of most high school curriculums included vocational programs? When you could learn to be a skilled laborer? What happened to that?
If nearly every youth gets a college degree, that doesn’t increase the value of the education obtained by the recipients of those degrees. Rather, it decreases the value of the degrees themselves. We’ve gotten to a point where a college degree is the equivalent of a high school diploma, and in order to obtain the “higher level” jobs that a college degree once afforded you, you must get a post-graduate degree… and burden yourself with additional debt, accordingly.
And in the meantime, factories in this country can’t hire workers. Not because they don’t have the budget. Not because they don’t have the orders. But because they cannot find skilled labor competent enough to do the work necessary to get the job done.
I know it’s an unpopular thing to say, but here I am, saying it: not everyone belongs in college, and we need to focus on educational alternatives for those who don’t belong in college, if we’re going to rebuild our middle class and create a strong work force in this country.
So come on, candidates. Stop saying what people think you should be saying, and start talking truth. Because professional political pandering isn’t what’s going to fix this country. You’d think we would have figured that much out by now, what with all those college degrees and all…