We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
If you have college for all but don’t dumb down the standards, the dropout rate will stagger the imagination. If you have college for all and lower standards so that most can earn a degree, then you devalue college by transforming it into something more like a longer and (much) more expensive high school. So then the high-achievers will feel an even greater imperative to go to the next level. High school becomes middle school, college becomes high school, graduate school becomes college, and our prolonged adolescence continues and worsens.
The demise of the competent, perfectly capable, high-school graduate able to put his or her mind and hands to constructive, challenging work in society is one of the great disgraces of our "modern" era where you almost need a Ph.D. just to become a police constable.
Degree creep, that. Even in my field, IT, you need a 4-year just to work in a Help Desk queue. Weird, since, when I first started, all you needed was to think fast on your feet, customer service skills, and able to leaf fast through a quick-fix loose leaf binder.
Now, for higher work, you need a masters. Thank goodness I got in before all the HR/MBA types inflated it - those whom cannot do, dictate...
My degree was a total justification payment. For many of the Tech classes, the students were teaching the Facilitators (whatever happened to 'Professor'?) what it was like in the real world opposed to what was being taught. And, we'd get the "this is not the real world - we teach the subject, but the real world is different" meme. Constantly. Only classes that were straightforward was the business writing and math classes.
Makes you think of the waste of money paid for stuff you already knew, that directly opposed what was in the syllabus/books. Overpaid, actually.
I'm beginning to believe that apprenticeship and career-warding are a far better 'teacher' than what constitutes a College degree these days- Overpriced, ancient, and no more than a ticket-punching exercise. OJT, so to speak...
There are competent, perfectly capable high-shool graduates. It's just that now hiring is controlled by HR people with useless Masters degrees and spreadsheets. Their spreadsheets don't have cells for capable or competent so they stick with credentials. They up the required credentials and it is hard to reason with them, at least in government.
But the greatest error was killing shop classes so that high school graduates now come without manual skills to put their mind to.