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Michelle Obama says high school not good enough, 'you have to go to college'
The Washington Examiner's Washington Secrets ^ | April 17, 2014 | Paul Bedard

Posted on 04/17/2014 7:37:45 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Having a high school diploma isn’t good enough to make it anymore, first lady Michelle Obama warned high school and college students at Howard University.

“No longer is high school the bar. That is not enough in today’s globalizing economy. You have got to go to college, or get some kind of professional training beyond college,” she said Thursday.

It was the first of what is likely to be many more speeches on education as the first family readies for retirement and takes up helping younger Americans, especially blacks get a leg up.

“One of the things that Barack and I are focusing on and will be focusing on for the rest of our lives, quite frankly, is making sure that young people understand the importance of an education. And that means education beyond high school,” she said.

A new Pew Research poll found that there was a big earnings gap between those with a high school degree and those with a college certificate. Pew said that those who only graduated high school earned 62 percent of a college graduate.

At Howard she was promoting the president’s goal of getting back to being the nation with the most college graduates in the world. “It’s called his North Star Goal,” said the first lady. “We were at the top years back, but now we’ve fallen very far behind the rest of the world.”


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: college; flotus; michelleobama; obama
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And if you can get Uncle Sugar to pay for it under affirmative action, that's more better!
1 posted on 04/17/2014 7:37:45 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just having a college degree means nothing if it is not for a job in demand. A history major or a major in “women’s studies” is practically worthless. A business major isn’t much better.


2 posted on 04/17/2014 7:41:26 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Anybody know what high school Michelle went to? Like to see her in Classmates.com. Have a feeling I might find someone else with anther name. Don’t know. Wouldn’t mind finding out.


3 posted on 04/17/2014 7:42:06 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This college thing, it is an inalienable right, it is right there in the Constitution, in three... two... one....


4 posted on 04/17/2014 7:42:49 PM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

http://profoundlydisconnected.com/


5 posted on 04/17/2014 7:42:56 PM PDT by tfecw (It's for the children)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

College is the new Junior High School.


6 posted on 04/17/2014 7:43:06 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My father never went to high school or college and he was the sharpest guy I ever met.

There is no guarantee a college education makes someone more intelligent, let alone decent.


7 posted on 04/17/2014 7:43:12 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“One of the things that Barack and I are focusing on and will be focusing on for the rest of our lives, quite frankly, is making sure that young people understand the importance of an education. And that means education beyond high school,” she said. “

Can they both just go away?


8 posted on 04/17/2014 7:43:45 PM PDT by funfan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She’s tellin’ all her homies to act white?


9 posted on 04/17/2014 7:44:14 PM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I know a businessman with a 9th grade education that runs a very successful operation. He understands the meaning of ‘earned success’.
It is all about ‘finding a need and filling it’ and doing it better than the competition. It’s not rocket science.
I do wish there were more electricians around, too.


10 posted on 04/17/2014 7:44:23 PM PDT by griswold3 ("Pray for Obama. Psalm 109:8".)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Dirty Jobs Mike Rowe on the High Cost of College
11 posted on 04/17/2014 7:45:38 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (GO WISCONSIN BADGERS GO!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Once upon a time, having a college degree meant something. Now, with the perception that “everyone” is getting one, it no longer seems to be anything special.


12 posted on 04/17/2014 7:45:43 PM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

I know dozens of high school drop-out, high school grad, GED and college drop-out millionaires and I’ll bet everyone here does, too. In my experience as a sales recruiter, I’ve found that high school level people often make better salespeople. I don’t know what they’re doing to people in college these days, but it’s sure goofing them up in sales.


13 posted on 04/17/2014 7:45:44 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I have always contended that it is a mistake for schools and society in general to push everyone toward a college education. I believe in balance.

Every city and region with a population to support it, should have a combined high school - junior college (grades 11,12,13,14)level - a technical school - to teach all the trades, drafting, culinary arts, bookkeeping, office skills, and on and on.

Colleges and universities are killing the country.


14 posted on 04/17/2014 7:46:11 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I see college grads today who think the USA is a democracy and George Washington was the first president. Then there is basic English, and math, and simple things like how a lightbulb works.

Oh yeah college has become a discriminator of knowledge.


15 posted on 04/17/2014 7:46:42 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The idea is to ensnare as many as possible into federal student loans for useless degrees.


16 posted on 04/17/2014 7:46:54 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Some go to college for remedial reading-———and basketball.

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17 posted on 04/17/2014 7:47:23 PM PDT by Mears
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Fumo, most of the people at my work think a degree gives them the right to not work.


18 posted on 04/17/2014 7:50:50 PM PDT by mykroar (We fight, get beat, rise, and fight again. - Nathanael Greene)
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To: elpadre

In Des Moines they had a technical high school housed in an old Ford Model T plant. It trained thousands of people to become successful electricians, woodworkers, plumbers and etc. In the 1980’s they transformed it in an advanced placement magnet school, which is fine, but who will train the nurses, tradesmen and the like?


19 posted on 04/17/2014 7:51:06 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: OldPossum
The Ivy League still matters, but it always has.
20 posted on 04/17/2014 7:52:13 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ll take a HS grad with a willingness to learn and work hard over a College grad with a sense of entitlement.


21 posted on 04/17/2014 7:56:37 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

MOOCHELLE KNOWS!Look what she did with her college degree!She became the BIGGEST MOOCHER of ALL TIME(well, since Marie Antoinette,anyway)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


22 posted on 04/17/2014 7:57:06 PM PDT by bandleader
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Actually there is evidence that going to college lowers your IQ. Certainly after learning “economics” any ability you had to handle money beforehand simply goes out the window. They even teach Keynesian Economics with a straight face. Or tell kids that socialism can be a workable economic system. Both ideas are insanely wrong. Yet you need to pretend they aren’t wrong to get a degree. The false information they tech in college makes people dumber.


23 posted on 04/17/2014 7:58:28 PM PDT by Seruzawa (Get ready, little lady. Hell is coming to breakfast.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We’ll have the MOST Homeless,Unemployed”College Graduates”Ever!!!!!!!!Some Record,HUH???????????????


24 posted on 04/17/2014 7:58:28 PM PDT by bandleader
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To: Mears

Yeah, the college grads now often don’t have the skills we learned in Jr. High.

Sports are a particular peeve for me.

“Shop” or later- “Vo Tech” was like resigning to a lesser future. It actually holds more promise for most.

Now we have legions of males who can’t change their own oil, fix a toilet or figure out how much paint to buy. They can play the hell out of computer games, though.

When they finally get out of bed.


25 posted on 04/17/2014 8:00:42 PM PDT by One Name (Ultimately, the TRUTH is a razor's edge and no man can sit astride it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Look no further than all of the highly educated people with degrees that have flushed our once great country down the toilet, if you want to see just how important a college degree is. Had those people not gotten degrees, they wouldn’t have been in the position to do such things. lol


26 posted on 04/17/2014 8:01:24 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I was standing in front of the courthouse I usually work in this morning and saw a bunch a Yute with his pants pulled down exposing his entire underwear-clad tush. It’s a common sight there. One place those who love Obama’s Sons might start is to tell them to pull up their pants. I can’t see how walking around with one’s pants pulled down could possibly impress a prospective employer.


27 posted on 04/17/2014 8:01:52 PM PDT by Gluteus Maximus
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
...must extend your education indoctrination.
28 posted on 04/17/2014 8:01:57 PM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (Shall Not Be Infringed)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And be First MaMa just like her.


29 posted on 04/17/2014 8:04:14 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Obama : 'You can keep your doctor if you want. I never tell a lie ')
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To: Gluteus Maximus

I recently heard that that “trend” originated as a homosexual jail & prison thing. Anyone know if that is true?


30 posted on 04/17/2014 8:04:49 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: goldstategop

My grandfather was the largest entrepeneur and employer in our town years ago. He only made it to the 8th grade. Look up the Keller Car, sometime.


31 posted on 04/17/2014 8:05:51 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: goldstategop

My former boss had 2 degrees and couldn’t run a weenie wagon


32 posted on 04/17/2014 8:10:02 PM PDT by ropin71 (God Bless our Troops!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I know dozens of high school drop-out, high school grad, GED and college drop-out millionaires and I’ll bet everyone here does, too. In my experience as a sales recruiter, I’ve found that high school level people often make better salespeople. I don’t know what they’re doing to people in college these days, but it’s sure goofing them up in sales.

Anecdotal information doesn't change the reality that the less education you have, the more difficult it is to find employment and good salaries. Of course it doesn't help to bring in 1.1 million permanent legal immigrants annually along with 650,000 guest workers every year to compete with Americans for jobs.


33 posted on 04/17/2014 8:10:12 PM PDT by kabar
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To: One Name

My town still has a vocational school and the following is a treasure in Boston that many people don’t even know about.

http://www.bfit.edu/Academics/Departments


34 posted on 04/17/2014 8:13:56 PM PDT by Mears
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To: kabar

I was making mid six-figures in sales with only a high school diploma in the 80’s and re-created the feat with a BA in the early 2000’s. I was the same person. Neither employer knew my educational background. Wish I had my health back, I’m sure I could do it again.


35 posted on 04/17/2014 8:17:04 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear; kabar; goldstategop

36 posted on 04/17/2014 8:19:21 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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Horseshi'ite. 90% of the college students I met while recently taking classes had no business in college. They were either too dumb, only wanted to party, or should have been in trade or vo-tech school. Not that there's anything wrong with vo-tech, you just don't need a friggin' four-year degree to learn computer science or nursing!

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

37 posted on 04/17/2014 8:28:53 PM PDT by wku man (We are the 53%! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUXN0GDuLN4)
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To: PapaNew

Michelle Robinson graduated in 1981 from Whitney M. Young Magnet High School in Chicago’s West Loop as class salutatorian.


38 posted on 04/17/2014 8:29:06 PM PDT by Lisbon1940
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You are in the minority and times have changed. High school graduates are finding it more and more difficult to get a job.

In the fourth quarter of 2013, there were only two working-age natives holding a job for every one that was not employed. This represents a huge deterioration. As recently as 2000, there were three working-age adults holding a job for every one not working.

If you’re a high school dropout you’re talking about 30 percent working. Among high school grads who graduated from high school in the last three years — we do a separate survey of them the fall after graduation — 45 percent of them held a job, the lowest in the last 50 years we’ve been collecting this data. And to make it worse, of that 45 percent, only half of them were able to get a full-time job. Only one in five young high school grads, not in college, [is] working full-time.

We have a huge catastrophe happening among our young people. There is massive unemployment and underemployment. It has huge repercussions throughout our economy and for the future.

39 posted on 04/17/2014 8:36:15 PM PDT by kabar
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Of course, once her husband lets fifty million low skilled immigrants into the country there will be no chance of making a decent wage with a blue collar job.


40 posted on 04/17/2014 8:46:11 PM PDT by eclecticEel ("The petty man forsakes what lies within his power and longs for what lies with Heaven." - Xunzi)
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To: kabar

I was a career counselor for almost 20 years and a recruiter for many more. Send me ANY young person who truly wants a decent job and I’ll find them one within 60 days. I’m serious.


41 posted on 04/17/2014 8:46:37 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We are talking millions.


42 posted on 04/17/2014 9:08:30 PM PDT by kabar
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To: kabar

I blame public schools, then. High school graduate males were able to support their families without the wife working outside the home not that long ago. I remember it, do you?


43 posted on 04/17/2014 9:14:08 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ll be sure to send this advice to my brother-in-law who employs 160 people, and has never sat in a college classroom.


44 posted on 04/17/2014 9:18:10 PM PDT by Yogafist
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yes, I remember a lot despite being only 71. This is not the same country I grew up in. I graduated high school in 1961.


45 posted on 04/17/2014 9:24:18 PM PDT by kabar
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To: kabar

I was born the year before that, but I still remember quite a lot. This is not anything like that country.


46 posted on 04/17/2014 9:30:30 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It is a country in decline. I don’t envy our children and grandchildren.


47 posted on 04/17/2014 9:35:27 PM PDT by kabar
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To: Lisbon1940
I looked in Classmates.com for Whitney M. Young Magnet High School and could only find Whitney Young Academic Center in Chicago, so I don't know if they're the same or not.

Here's what's weird. In Classmates.com for Whitney Young Academic Center, to find a yearbook your choices are:

- 1977 (the year before she supposedly started as a freshman)
- 1982 (the year after she supposedly graduated)
- 1984
- 1986
- 1987
- 1988

So all four years she was in high school - somewhere - are unavailable at least at this school even though the year before she started and the year after she graduated are in there. Makes you wonder.

http://www.classmates.com/yearbooks/school/Whitney-Young-Academic-Center/20622461?cityId=19

48 posted on 04/17/2014 9:53:44 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

she’s right!

you know how much education she needed for that $375k no-show job she had... once

of course, you could also pose as a beard for a politically connected narcissist ...


49 posted on 04/17/2014 9:55:04 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

All those high school level jobs have been sent to Red China. Those kids have to be kept in school so the don’t enter the workforce and get angry when they can’t find a job. They have to delay starting a family . They have to be burdened with mountains of debt and they have to be thoroughly brainwashed. This is not about education. This is pure social engineering.


50 posted on 04/17/2014 10:11:54 PM PDT by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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