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.
The fact that millions of college graduates are unemployed or wait tables is not a temporary aberration; it is an inexorable result of rational incentives.
Consider the essential qualifications of a good employee (and I offer this account as someone who once owned and ran a business). He or she must be punctual, honest, be able to complete tasks on time, first time around and as specified. Employees must politely pay attention when spoken to and are not excessively argumentative; they must dress appropriately for the job, have good hygiene (look “clean cut”), speak distinctly and, with few exceptions, possess adequate writing skills as well as being able to perform tasks without explicit detailed instructions.
Such workers get along with co-workers or customers. They show up even under adverse circumstances and if unable to work that day, take necessary steps to minimize their absence. They give a full hour’s work for an hour’s pay and willingly volunteer for extra work if necessary. They also know that work is also not the place to socialize on the firm’s nickel.
Is waiting tables somehow dishonorable work? Do these kids with no experience expect to start at the top of the ladder? Its tough to find a teenager these days holding down a job these days. Most folks have to hold down a few jobs on the low end of the stick to show they are trustworthy. Education does not denote trustworthiness. Just look at Washington for examples :)
What my little brother learned from college is that he needed to move from New England to Portland to meet the "best people". So, he did, and found 100 other graduates applying for every waiter job. Who is running the businesses in Portland? Not theater graduates, that's for sure...
The fact that it took me so long to figure out that this system is broken is proof that I am really very dense.
Our school district, in it's infinite wisdom, turned the daily schedule upside down. Used to be the high schoolers started their day at 7:10 or 7:20. Had to be up by 6:00am to get to the bus stop by 6:55. Junior highs then started next and lastly, the elementary schools.
1. Early wake up. Good training for high schoolers.
2. Get home early. Plenty of time for an afternoon job, homework, and chores.
3. Elementary school kids got on the bus in the day light in the morning.
So, someone did a study and guess what? They discovered that teens don't really enjoy getting up early. Oh, we must therefore pander to them. Now the elementary school kids get on the bus at 6:45 in the dark and the high schoolers don't get to school until around 9:00am. The don't get home until almost 5:00pm. They sleep in, they are lazy, and our system perpetuates their slothfulness. It really is sort of pitiful.
I worked at Hobbs Pharmacy through high school. Mr. Hobbs had a two shift schedule in the afternoons. 3:00 to 6:00 and 6:00 to 9:00pm. We worked an early or a late or both. Most of his daytime staff worked 9:00 - 3:00pm. Very neat. No more high schoolers on the afternoon shift now. No more lifeguards down at the pool in the afternoon. No more afternoon shifts at Publix. Most of those jobs now go to community college students.
1. Lounge in your bed until 8:45 then rush to school at 9:00am.
2. Sit around all day until 4:35pm.
3. Go home. Eat Dinner.
4. Play video games until midnight.