At the link are some of the best comments I’ve heard yet about the big college entrance cheating scandal, from Mike Rowe, host of “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” (airing Saturday nights on TBN, right after “Huckabee.”) Mike knows plenty about the dignity of all types of work, and that too many young people are being pressured into taking out unrepayable student loans to get worthless degrees, so they learn nothing useful but have an impressive school name on their resume. As he puts it, “We’re lending money we don’t have to kids who can’t pay it back to educate them for jobs that don’t exist anymore, and that’s crazy.” You’ll want to read the whole article:
As Mike could tell you, someone with a liberal arts degreee might look down on a plumber or farmer, but he needs the plumber and farmer a lot more than a plumber or farmer needs a guy with a liberal arts degree.
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You should also read this article to help understand not only why some rich parents were willing to spend big money to cheat their kids into elite schools, but just how widespread the problems in our universities are and how many of those degrees are now just bragging points and not indicators that the student actually learned anything once getting into the expensive school.
Excerpts: “Yale changed its course requirements such that an English major may now graduate without ever having read Shakespeare. A 2007 survey from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute showed that college students graduate with less knowledge of history, politics, and economics than they had before they entered…Millennial congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez majored in Economics and graduated cum laude from a private university that costs nearly $70,000 per year. Since entering Congress, she has struggled to articulate even basic economic concepts.”
Yet many continue to think that a degree from Harvard or Yale makes someone more qualified to run our government? Our last President who wasn’t an Ivy League alum was Ronald Reagan. He was looked down on and scorned by elites, but I’d say he did a pretty good job, despite his “handicap” of having studied economics at Eureka College in Illinois instead of getting a poli-sci degree with a minor in gender studies from Harvard.