Mike Rowe Nails It

March 18, 2019

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:

https://www.westernjournal.com/tv-star-mike-rowes-unique-take-college-admission-scandal-goes-viral/

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. 

 


RELATED READING: We place far too much emphasis on the prestige of getting into certain universities

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. 

 

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/ocasio-cortezs-ignorance-proves-admissions-fraud-is-the-symptom-not-cause-of-americas-education-crisis

 

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. 

 

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Comments 1-8 of 8

  • Carol Anderson

    03/18/2019 12:00 PM

    You are absolutely right.

  • Carol Anderson

    03/18/2019 11:59 AM

    You are absolutely right.

  • Karen Bowers

    03/18/2019 11:43 AM

    I agree with Mike Rowe 100%. He has a great deal of practical knowledge to share...a realist! And his programs to encourage technical or trade schools is making such a difference. However, no higher education is affordable. Even the specialty schools have steep costs. I had two sons. And even with pressure from others to go to four year Universities...neither of them felt led down that path. My first son studied at MMI (Motorcycle Mechanic's institute in Florida) and went onto motorcycle racing and working for Harley Davidson. Now--- owns his own high performance business for Porsche and Audi and all his student loans are paid off. My second son went to University of Northwestern Ohio to study how to work on BIG farm equipment and diesel engines. He too is super successful and like his brother, is a homeowner-- but his student loan debts are much higher. I wish somehow, there was some kind of relief for him. How is it that his mortgage and his student loan payments are almost equal? It still cost almost 60K to get him through three years of the best training available. I keep reminding myself as a parent that it will all work out in the end. I just wish there was some way to offset the high costs for him. A concerned, yet proud mom.

  • Jeanne Tackett

    03/18/2019 11:31 AM

    Great read! Conclusion is dead on! Our education system has be degraded to the point where it’s almost useless in some fields of study? Of my four children the one that didn’t go to college makes the most money, even though the degreed ones are doing well!!

  • Jeanne Tackett

    03/18/2019 11:30 AM

    Great read! Conclusion is dead on! Our education system has be degraded to the point where it’s almost useless in some fields of study? Of my four children the one that didn’t go to college makes the most money, even though the degreed ones are doing well!!

  • Jeanne Tackett

    03/18/2019 11:29 AM

    Great read! Conclusion is dead on! Our education system has be degraded to the point where it’s almost useless in some fields of study? Of my four children the one that didn’t go to college makes the most money, even though the degreed ones are doing well!!

  • JOHN SPENCER

    03/18/2019 11:29 AM

    AOC has difficulty remembering the formula for ice ...that's why she left her day job ...that's right as a bartender...and I hear that Bartender's feel she is giving them a bad name..this idiot/moron got a degree in Economics from a private college ? well that did qualify her for the bar job...but as a Representative...?????....no damn way ! I wouldn't hire her to clean my toilet !

  • Kathy Tierney

    03/18/2019 11:21 AM

    Although my hubby has a degree, his best skills are from practical schooling, Electrician, Millwright Welder, builder, Mechanic. He uses his Bible dgree her in the bush of Kenya but really needs and uses all his practical skills to build, fix everything and teach men and women how to use his tools and be empowered with skills to do their own building. The women here just built a Church using blocks, cement, gathering rocks, going to the dry river bed for sand hauling it in our truck, digging holes in dry river bed for water for cement and morter. A degree would not do much good here without all the Poly Tech training he has had. We are surrounded by mud huts with grass roofs, camels, goats and sheep but they used these skills to build their own Church. The old one was tin held together with poles that termites ate and falling apart. As children we had to learn it all. Our son bought old cars for his girls in high school but, they paid their own ins, had to know how to change oil and a tire and keep them clean. Yep, I be proud American...God' s older kid...Blessings Kathy