I recently saw a news spot on TV regarding the high costs of a college education – costs which seem to be spiraling higher and higher as each state budget gets cut more and more. The premise of this discussion was “is a college education worth it anymore”.
The “expert” commentator ( I forget which think tank he represented) made the statement that it wasn’t, except for those entering fields such as engineering, accounting, and some of the other direct-to-cash fields.
In other words, don’t worry about literature, history, arts, or any diploma that doesn’t come immediately wrapped in a pay envelope. Maybe we should carry this a bit further and start asking questions about “is an elementary school education worth it?”
If the only purpose of education is to provide a direct path to the cubicle, so we can get a car loan, a mortgage, and start consuming, then why not just eliminate ALL the fluff and get right down to what our corporate overlords want.
Most of the business books I’ve read have been written at about the 8th grade level, so reading can stop there. You’ll really only need enough language skills to parrot what your boss says and reply to emails without too many misspellings.
As for math, we can wrap accounting and statistics into a package so that by the time they are sophomores in high school students can get their Six Sigma Black Belt and be up to speed on process control, flowcharts, and all that.
No need for art or music, since you’ll just be spending the rest of your life looking at beige carpeting and wallpaper, and listening to whatever is piped into the conference room.
This way, by the time you are about 15 years old, you can be out there earning your way, with all the skills that our business “leaders” say they need in good employees.
And you’ll work cheap, because you’re probably still living at home and don’t have too many expenses other than video games and the occasional movie.
The part that scares me the most about this scenario is that I think there are certain people I could mention this plan to that wouldn’t see the sarcasm. And a lot of them are in corner offices.
Because the last thing they want are a lot of squishy-headed liberal arts types thinking for themselves and being able to communicate the things they come up with to others.
Then how the hell are we gonna control ’em?