🏫 The College Scam 🏫 Open Thread



People have been conditioned to believe that going to college is the ultimate gift that parents can give to their children. Every child’s goal must be to go to college. We’ve been told that for so long that it’s now a given. But it shouldn’t be.

Not every person belongs in the Hallowed Halls of Academia. Not because they are too stupid to learn but because they may be better suited for a different kind of learning. Some serve themselves, and the rest of us better when they work with their hands.

When I see the hogwash coming from the highly educated twits that infest many most of our institutes of higher learning I know that many of those who weren’t prepared to beggar their family to send their offspring off to college were right.

All of us knows some fine young person who is suited to college. We also know another, equally fine young person, who is not. What is the benefit of all these marvels of technology that surround us if there is no one who can fix them when they go on the fritz? People who work with their hands are an important part of our society yet get little credit or respect.

Do you call that “brilliant” Professor of Women’s Studies at the University when your hot water heater goes kaflooey? You might get a lecture from the Professor on any number of useless topics but you would still be without hot water.

Thank goodness for that useful person who can come in and repair or replace your hot water heater. Thus returning your life to the norm of turning on a tap and getting that marvelous hot water. Never appreciated it til ya lost it did ya?

Many parents spend far more than they can afford to send their children to college. Propagandized that they are bad parents if they do not they look for ways to eliminate things from their lives so that they, as good parents, can find a way to pay college tuition. After all, all those administrators must be paid. And paid mighty damn well.

Not only are some fine young people not suited to college but they must then begin their adult life buried under a mountain of debt. Yet our society doesn’t even consider that maybe not everyone should go to college.

Instead our society tries to find ways to send the bill for those college educations to the taxpayer. Free college for everyone including the mechanic that is better suited, and happier with his head under the hood of a car fixing it so you can take your  college diploma off to that wonderful job all the academics promised you.

By constantly attempting to fit square pegs into round holes we are committing a grave mistake. We are not all alike. We are not all suited to an academic life no matter what the culture is telling us.

Culture tells us women should teeter around on six inch stilts the culture calls shoes in constant danger to life, limb and ankles. Culture is often hogwash.

Hard as it may be for the elites that rule our lives to believe, not everyone wants to spend the rest of their life sitting behind a computer. Not everyone wants to work in the business world or in some job that demands more of their soul than they are willing to give. Yet we condition our children to believe that they are somehow inferior if they don’t go to college in search of a lifestyle they may not be suited for or want.

Some want to work outside. Where would we be without them? And I’m not just talking about the illegals elites hire to mow their grass and trim their hedges. I’m talking about Forest Rangers and landscape artists that make the world around us safer and more beautiful. And the wonderful people that build the houses we live in.

Sadly many of those sent off to college should never have graduated from High School.  Colleges must offer remedial classes for those who are not ready for Higher Education. Many cannot function at a level that allows them to exit High School reasonably well educated. Standards have been lowered all along the way to allow them to graduate. How can anyone justify that?

Thus another topic – the failure of our education system. We are shortchanging our children all along the line. We lower standards for those that can’t measure up thereby making things too easy for those that can. Those that cannot measure up are not stupid – they are illiterate, often after 12 years of “free” education.

Because of this many parents are looking for an alternative to all that free education. The elites that tout all that free education send their children to elite private schools. They then disparage parents that home school or seek charter schools or other ways for their children to get a decent education.

Elites think they are smarter than the rest of us. They are not. But they are doing everything in their power to see to it that our children don’t get a good enough education to compete with them. Thus they can feel superior and make us feel inferior and they rule the roost because they make the rules. Nice little scam they’ve got going and it all starts, for our kids, in Kindergarten.

There are great kids going to college that belong there and will make a wonderful contribution to their community and country and love what they are doing while they are doing it. Too many others who will find their lives confined to sitting behind a computer in a little cubicle and wonder where all the dreams and promises of a great life went.

They stay in their cubicles often because they have all those college bills to pay. No wonder so many followed Bernie Sanders when he promised “free” education. Most aren’t educated enough to know just how much free stuff costs.

7 Responses to “🏫 The College Scam 🏫 Open Thread”

  1. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    What a great post, Marge, and timely, too. Did you hear that NY Gov. Cuomo wants to make state universities free for in-state students? Great idea, especially considering that New York State is in TREMENDOUS debt already. I mean, really – why NOT add in a ton more, huh? That’s that Common Core math right there:


    I have never, never understood how it is some kids get into college when they cannot read at even a high school level, and so much more. It is absurd that our colleges and universities are at a place where they even ACCEPT students who are not academically qualified.

    As for the Trades, I have heard employers on tv say that there ARE jobs available, but students aren’t going to trade schools, and THOSE are the kind of skilled employees they need. My old friend, Connie, teaches Math at a Community College and frequently laments how poorly the Trades are depicted.

    Great post. You hit the nail on the head!

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    Glad you liked it. It’s been a pet peeve of mine for quite some time.

    FYI, my younger son, who did not shine in school is now a very successful mechanic. He went to “school” to learn how to run all the diagnostic machines necessary to work on the modern automobile and he make a good living. Putting him in college would definitely been trying to fit a square peg in a round hole.

    I remember all too well the times he and his brother would cover my kitchen table with newspaper and proceed, with their father’s help, another hands on guy, to take apart a carburetor. Often with a thermostat on the stove in a pan of water to see if the “diaphragm” would open. All Greek to me as I sat in the dining room with my head in a book but all part of family memories.

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    I’m sure everyone of the idiot “journalists” in this piece is very well educated. Which says something about our education system donchathink?

    Watch A Bunch Of Journalists Freak Out After Being Asked If They Know Anybody Who Drives A Truck

    The simple question about truck ownership from John Ekdahl that drove Acela corridor progressive political journalists into a frenzy on Tuesday night: “The top 3 best selling vehicles in America are pick-ups. Question to reporters: do you personally know someone that owns one?”

    Rather than answer with a simple “no,” the esteemed members of the most cloistered and provincial class in America–political journalists who live in New York City or Washington, D.C.–reacted by doing their best impersonation of a vampire who had just been dragged into the sunshine and presented with a garlic-adorned crucifix.

    There were basically three types of hysterical response to a simple question about truck owners: 1) shut up, 2) you’re stupid and/or sexist and/or racist, and 3) whatever, liar, trucks aren’t popular (far and away my favorite delusional response to a simple question from a group of people who want you to believe they’re extremely concerned about “fake news”). It turns out that people who are paid large sums of money to opine on what Americans outside the Acela province think get very upset if you demonstrate that they don’t actually know any of the people about whom they pretend to be experts.


  5. kenoshamarge Says:

  6. kenoshamarge Says:

    Ego in chief! Obama honors HIMSELF with award

    How big of a narcissist is President Barack Obama? Enough that his own White House administration has begun awarding himself medals – and holding small ceremonies to celebrate the honor.

    Wednesday, Defense Secretary Ash Carter — an Obama appointee – held a congratulations ceremony where he presented the president with the Defense Department’s “Medal of Distinguished Public Service” as the administration’s token of appreciation… to itself.


  7. Anthony Says:

    Here’s a solution: Universities provide loans to people whose income (family or individual) do not qualify them for a loan of that amount, but the loans are ultimately approved by the Federal Government anyway (much like mortgages under Dodd-Frank). If the same standards that are applied to personal loan applicants are applied to college students, the universities might be forced to adjust their tuition fees. Of course, that will never happen, because of the graft in the Dept of Education, teachers’ unions, etc., but it is a solution nevertheless.

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