Skip to comments.The Student of "Exercise Science" and the Debate
Posted on 10/18/2012 5:53:00 PM PDT by moneyrunner
The DiploMad imparts some interesting information about one of the people who asked a question during Presidential Debate #2, and comments about college students in general.
First, the interesting information: According to the press he is studying "exercise science." I am not sure, but is that what we used to call physical education? How much is that costing his parents? Does he really have the right to demand that the President (translation: society) provide him a job? Did he think of checking the level of demand for that "skill"?
Second, about academia in general:
I have written before about my VERY low opinion of higher education in the Western world. Let me be frank: Universities as a rule are giant frauds perpetrated on the public by well-paid university staff and their leftist political allies. In my view, the average graduate knows next to nothing, at least, next to nothing useful. He or she generally emerges from these hugely overpriced, vastly overfunded, and heavily subsidized institutions with a phony cynicism, a derisive attitude towards capitalism and patriotism, an insufferable arrogance, a numbing ignorance about the history and culture of the West, and--to top it off--a sense of entitlement. We all have been brainwashed--myself included--that our kids must have that university degree, and employers go along with the gag even when the job does not require one....
Students in universities worried about their futures might want to revisit what they are studying. If you want a degree in Modern African Art or in Gender Studies because you love that topic, fine, but don't assume that the rest of us have an obligation to fund your life in the undoubtedly exciting world of Modern African Art or of Gender Studies. Let your knowledge of Modern African Art or of Gender Studies console and empower you as you swing that mop after hours at the Luby's, or as you lie in your parent's basement wondering how you will pay back $100,000 in student loans.
Don't come knocking on my door with your hand out. I've got my own kids to fund.
In an economy that isn't producing enough jobs for people with real, marketable, useful skills it's not really surprising that half of today's college graduates can't find a job. Keep in mind that attending college has convinced them that on graduation they will move into a professional field. Instead, what they find is that they barely qualify to compete for jobs as waiters or bartenders.
Academia has perpetrated a giant fraud on this nation. What Glenn Reynolds calls the Higher Education Bubble is coming to an end.
Unfortunately, if you want to become a PE teacher, you have to go to college and get a similar degree. You are right, it is a fraud, but you really cant fault the kid if that is what he really wants to do. There is no other path. Ridiculous that you can’t do that with a HS diploma, but it is reality. The degree can also get you the prerequisites for physical or occupational therapy. There are a lot of worthless degrees out there, but this isn’t necessarily one of them.
In this country with as much as there is that absolutely cries out for attention and correction, no one who wants to work should be without a job.
True, it may not be exactly what they like to do but a few years “apprenticeship” in the real world of work would be a great maturing process.
I can say that I studied exercise science by carrying concrete blocks and stacking railroad ties. Very educational and no student loans to repay.
Pretty sure that degree can also get you a job as a personal trainer at any health club, which can be a decent-paying position as well. There are always openings, as there are always new health clubs springing up, and plenty of people who lack the self-discipline to train themselves.
This ponzi scheme in so called education has been brought on by the draft dodgers of the Viet Nam area. As long as they remained in school they had a deferment, just like Bill O’Riley’s teaching job draft deferment for that period. After getting all those degrees to avoid the draft the only logical choice of careers was to teach and they swarmed into the education field at all levels and have been solidifying their grip on our childrena and young adults ever since, turning young minds to jelly with tree hugging and socialist propaganda.
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