- Is College for everyone? Likely not--but because have been indoctrinated to think that it is, so many jobs that requiring technical expertise remain unfilled:
Companies manufacturing high-precision products—car and aircraft parts, large-scale construction equipment—encounter a dearth of workers with the mathematical and technical skills necessary to operate computer-controlled machines; these companies face lagging sales as a result. In some cases, these companies set up their own training programs to teach potential workers the skills necessary for high-tech manufacturing, but the length of time required to complete these training programs—time away from lower-paying but already extant jobs—renders them infeasible for some prospective applicants. Thus, the positions remain unfilled, because the American educational system does not currently produce enough job candidates with the technical expertise to perform in the “blue-collar” jobs of the twenty-first century.
Furthermore, kids that aren't geared towards a college education fall off of the map without any options that would interest them. Not everyone is academically inclined and there is nothing wrong with that. When will we learn?
- We've done a few stories on the poor in academia, and Prof. Chavez of University of New Mexico is no different:
"In February 2007, Ms. Chávez quietly took a job herself at People Exchanging Power. She says she had just gotten divorced, was having trouble making her mortgage payments, and viewed working for the service, which paid more than $40 per hour, as a great way to earn money in her spare time and gather material for her fiction." I want to sign up! $40/hour. That's mad loot to a shit solo like myself. What business does People Exchanging Power deal in? Oh, the phone sex business.
"Do you want a biker bitch, an imperious goddess, or a stern teacher ready to punish unruly students?" Lick my boot!
- CNBC sponsored a town hall meeting with President Obama and some middle class folk. One of the speakers had some words that hit a little close to home:
Then a 30-year-old law school graduate said he's no longer able to make the interest payments on his educational loans, much less able to have a mortgage or a family. He said he had been inspired by Obama's campaign. But now, "that inspiration is dying away," he said. "I really want to know: Is the American dream dead?
"Absolutely not. ... There is not a country in the world that would want to change places with us," Obama responded. "We are still the country that billions of people in the world look to and aspire to." Let's hope you're right, Mr. President. My American Dream is on life support.
- Darwinism--kind of? 87% of Law School Admissions Offices have received a bad letter of recommendation--a total application killer. I would like to say that they are idiots for asking the wrong person to write them a recommendation--but they are the lucky ones in the end. They just don't realize it. Law School Admissions Offices also had this to say:
56 percent predict an increase in applications this year, while only 6 percent predict a decrease – 25 percent p.predict application numbers to remain flat, while 13 percent were not sure; 75 percent say the lagging effects of the recession are responsible for the recent and predicted application increases.All of these stories came from BIDER readers. Thank you for your vigilance!