Monday, October 09, 2006

Wasted Money

High school isn't hard. You almost have to try to fail. The main requirement for a diploma is showing up and not making too much of an ass of yourself. Social promotion pushes the undereducated down the isle at graduation. Grade inflation is eating away at the GPA's ability to signal student learning. So basically a high school diploma is worthless. If you want to show that you're not a total idiot you have to give up 4 years of income and pay tuition at a college. This of course is filling college with people that don't want to learn anything and spreading the plague of sloth and willful ignorance far and wide. Fortunately China and India have a few hundred million smart hungry (literally hungry, the need more food) young people. The World War II effect is over. The time when you could do well just being a sort of smart, not too lazy, and generally likable guy, is over.

Happy Monday.


Blogger Cohort Mandibles said...

"Among the findings: 80 percent of the human resource officials say high school graduates are deficient in writing, and 70 percent say they lack a work ethic." I think we all know why that is. Behold, the internet! Also, I remember all my English classes being completely worthless in school. Instead of spelling/vocab tests and sentence structuring, it was mainly write something about environmentalism or how advertisement is ruining the world. Sorry, but the preset criteria for English classes these days is horrid. Too bad the teachers can't implement any kind of criteria they want.

9/10/06 13:28  
Blogger Garble said...

Well, teachers are service providers. The service is education. The public, parents and school board are their customers. So while I definitely can blame the teachers, there's plenty of blame to spread around.

9/10/06 18:43  

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