Today's poll over at Slashdot
is about back-to-school time and it's gotten me thinking about schooling and education (not the same thing). I won't go into my feelings about public primary schooling (much), this is mostly about secondary.
Every year that goes by I become more convinced that most colleges and universities should be shut down for the good of the country. I don't know why every high school in America is so focused on getting every student ready for college. I do know that this has had a stigmatizing effect on trade schools, apprenticeships, and blue-collar jobs, thus reducing the numbers of high school graduates that choose to go into those fields. Which is in turn causing a shortage of skilled labor. Honestly, how many liberal-arts-degree-holders does the world need? At what point did working with your hands become something to be sneered at? I doubt that most of those "educated" college graduates could do the highly complex work that those "grease monkey" jobs often require.
The other problem with this is that there are so many college graduates out there diluting the market that jobs that shouldn't require a degree often do. Does an entry-level administrative assistant really need a two-year degree for filing, typing, and checking email for ten bucks an hour?
In the interest of full disclosure, I'm a white-collar IT worker who never went to college. Most days I wish I was a farmer.( Stolen interesting comment inside...Collapse )