How U’s make a buck off creating helplessness

From Victor Davis Hanson:

Careerism often drives campus politics. If poor, minority or first-generation college students could obtain the traditional tools of success — English and mathematic literacy, acquaintance with American history and protocols, oral and written language mastery — they would succeed as individuals without need for the college industry of collective victimology that assumes a permanent lack of parity.

Employers and the adult world no longer equate a bachelor’s degree with proof of a well-rounded education. Yet chastised universities usually oppose any objective measurement of their effectiveness. They certainly want federally insured student loans, but they do not want proof of their competency through national exit tests, which might help ensure that all graduates leave college able to compute, read and write well. How odd that standardized tests are permissible to judge entering students but not to certify exiting ones.

In the past, there was a clear bargain. The university said, “Leave us alone to do our business that we know best, and we promise to turn out the best-educated and most inductive generation of American youth.”

Universities are now breaking their word. Students, if they even graduate (about four in 10 do not, even after six years), are not “universally” educated. Instead, they are the least prepared yet most politicized graduates in memory. Arrogance and ignorance are a bad combination.

Unless what the U needs to create is a self-assured urban mob, suited to a high-tech age.

The market is already sensing a void — and thus opportunity. Online degree programs proliferate. Private vocational and trade schools sprout up around college campuses. Even Ivy League degrees have become mostly empty brand names, like Gucci or Versace, that convey status and open doors but hardly guarantee that graduates are knowledgeable or inductive thinkers. More.

Reality check: Doubtless. But whether the U’s know it or not, they are in the business of providing education for a post-employment society

In future most actual education will increasingly be via MOOCs (massive online open courses), to which universities are irrelevant. The MOOCs may operate from current universities as from a platform but the universities of the precious little asshats are irrelevant to a MOOC’s aims.

See also: Will robots take all jobs? No. But a great many.

But who actually needs Millennials? Except for votes?

Will the junior jackboots of Asshat U finally get “justice”? (Yes, but read on … )

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  • Helpless people make great voters blocks.

    That’s it, really.

    • that’s what the Democrat party in the US has built their success on, for decades upon decades: a promise to take from the haves and give to the have-nots, in exchange for votes.

  • Justin St.Denis

    I was fired once in my life. I was fired from a post-secondary institution in the late 1970s where I taught (for one semester) a general introductory course on 20th Century American Literature. Of approx. 50 students, fully three-quarters received failing grades on their exams, essays, everything. And I refused to “adjust” the marks according to a bell curve. I was told my contract would not be renewed if I didn’t comply. That is when I clicked off the cassette recorder in my shirt pocket, got up and declared “This meeting is over.”

    The next day, I was presented a cheque for the balance of my contract and asked to leave the campus. I responded by playing a couple of seconds on my cassette and said: “No problem! I’ll just pop this off to the Montreal Gazette’s education editor on my way home.”

    After receiving another, significantly more sizeable cheque, I packed up my things and moved on to a new job in Washington D.C. where I met my future wife.

    Things worked out for me in the end. But college students today are even less literate than the dummies I failed.

  • Billy Bob Thornton

    Don’t forget this is Harper’s one industry economy.

    You cannot have it both ways that the economy is doing poor because it is Justin and then go around and say that people need to get off their butts and work.

    The fact is this was all created due to globalism.

    Conservatism and liberalism sold this nation out since Mulroney. You could include Trudeau Sr. into this by getting off the Bank of Canada money creation, but things have gotten worse and more about selling out the nation election after election.

    I see nothing wrong with social liberalism because capitalism has always been a hybrid of different systems and not just one ideology. Prior to the Clark election of 1979 Canada had virtual full employment because Canada made clothes, toys, cars, manufactured goods the world wanted and so forth. This proves that nationalism and civic nationalism at that is what the nation needs. From WW2, in fact prior to that with McKenzie King, Canada maintained the BOC as the main creator of Canadian money. Social Credit fought for those issues until their final election of electing MPs in 1980. Canadian Action and the National party have continued that since 1993. The truth is Canada is more unequal than any period in our history.

    Canada needs a change but I vehemently agree that tax cuts are the way to get us there.

    We need serious discussions on living wage legislation, structural changes, direct democracy, recall, referenda and free and fair elections and MP independence.

    Do not forget parliament is where good issues die!

    • Oh, please.

      People don’t take useless degrees just to work in an oil field.