Some believe that higher education is a ticket to the Middle Class or even the upper middle class. It’s not true, unless of course you are a tenured professor at a College or University in higher education. Even if you are, the salaries, benefits and pensions of these professors are as unsustainable as the current and ever growing student loan debt bubble crisis. This concept of “everyone going to college” is not the answer to a strong middle class or low unemployment in our ever increasing technological world of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) doing the jobs of humans.
In fact, in other nations like Saudi Arabia and Ireland where college is free, their economies have nearly collapsed anyway and all those students, now graduated with degrees still do not have full-time employment. Let’s discuss all this for a moment.
There was a rather troubling article on Futurism in April 2017 titled; “With Automation Looming, the US Needs To Make Education Affordable Or Fail,” by Patrick Caughill, which caught my eye, and had me asking; “Or else what?” The article had a few interesting quotes as you might suspect, here is one:
“A well-rounded liberal arts education can provide this to its students,” guaranteeing they will be able to adapt with the technological changes in the future of work. “Oh really?” I dare to ask, where is the evidence of that?
This quote was from Willard Dix, college admissions expert and Guest writer to Forbes Business Magazine.
The article when on to state; “A liberal arts education provides a multi-faceted view of the world. It enables students to see beyond one perspective, encouraging them to understand others’ even if they don’t agree. It instructs us to base our opinions on reason, not emotion.”
I just find this so odd, and my observations of Snowflake Students who are required to take electives for their general liberal arts degree such classes as Gender Studies seem to graduate brain-washed, and definitely not anyone I’d ever care to hire in my company, and I cannot image any corporation worth its salt calling such attributes (mind numbed and brain dead) worthy of employment.
Nevertheless, the article went on to state:
“At a time of increasing polarization, dialogue and understanding are invaluable qualities.
Even disciplines that are thought to be exclusively ‘fact-based’ such as the STEM fields, can greatly benefit from a liberal arts focus, as critical thinking skills are what allow individuals to analyze and make meaning from new information and move fluidly through society and careers.”
Now let me ask you, my reader something. Since when does denying your actual observations and calling them something else to ensure political correctness help you in ‘fact based’ work? Answer: it can’t and won’t, not now, not ever. Further, the so-called polarization in our politics is being caused by these very institutions brainwashing our kids to think a different way, a way which is not natural or reality based to life on Earth.
If higher institutions were really teaching kids to think, they wouldn’t tell them what to think and then make them memorize the ‘deemed appropriate’ answer to regurgitate onto the test. Not only that, but if a student shows initiative and asks questions, or has an opposing view they are marked down, we know this is true, and we also know that dissenting opinions to global socialism are not even permitted on campus anymore, not conservative, or libertarian views allowed. Scary thought indeed. No, we don’t need inexpensive college or free college for everyone to ensure employment in the future age of AI and robotics, we need to teach kids to think, and you know what, you don’t need college for that, in fact, you may need to skip college these days if you want to learn to actually think for yourself. Please think on that.