It has bothered me for a very long time that politicians, beginning with the President himself, tell us every chance they get that if you do not graduate from college, you are worthless. Of course, they don’t use those words; they say that we as a people have let you down, that you have fallen through the cracks. But the implications are the same. The implication is that everyone really wants to go to college, and that they should be entitled to do so. There is no credence given to those whose natural abilities or interests lie outside of the hallowed halls of academia. More than that, there is no acknowledgment of the fact that a population of predominately white-collar knowledge workers simply can not sustain itself. Being a machinist, a mechanic, an electrician, a farmer, etc. is not only hard work, it is also necessary work, thinking work, and for many, desirable work whether we choose to acknowledge that fact or not. As a country, we are eating ourselves from the inside out, hacking away at our roots to build ever higher into the sky.
How do you feel about this issue?