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 average earnings differential for male workers holding bachelor’s degrees compared with those holding high school diplomas fell from $39,440 to $37,653"
That's no difference at all if you take into account other factors like family connection, family culture, family wealth etc. Kids who complete college are more likely to have good families, and if you have that, they're more likely to get better jobs through connection or simply because they were raised to speak English correctly, not cuss in an office setting, and treat people with respect.
"First an educational arms race occurred where an increasing percent of the population was required to get an increasing (and unnecessary) amount of education for entry level positions. And so whereas a job in 1950 required a high school diploma, that same job required an associates in 1980, a bachelors in 1990, and a masters in 2010. This manifested itself in the "Masters Preferred" phrase that was typically used in conjunction with "Steep learning curve" and "I don't know how to use Excel." Never mind a young man or woman was now required to spend an extra 6 years in school and $125,000 on post-high school education, "
There are honest and sincere educators and researchers working in the trenches but the edifice as a whole is about pure extraction.
And the foreign students here in Canada have been totally played.
I work in the tech industry and data science and machine learning is now a hot field ((I'm old, I've been through two previous cycles of "hot" fields. I know how it ends).
The University of British Columbia now offers a Master of Data Science degree. Not the singular/non-possessive form (I'm not sure of the correct term here). It's not a Masters degree. Throughout the online description they always refer to it as a 10 month program to complete after a Bachelors. There is no way if it's considered a degree, a diploma, a certificate, ...
There is no thesis and publication requirement normally required in a two year Masters program. Just a couple of months of coop work.
I've interviewed three people from this new program and it's a disaster. They honestly have no idea what they don't know but they fully expect to be treated at the same level of Ph.D.'s and postdoc's who have real accomplishments on their CV. And they want the high pay to go with it despite the fact they're capable of only unoriginal utilitarian data analysis. Essentially in technical support roles.
All applicants with that program on their resume go straight to the garbage now. It's the same with Ryerson in Toronto.
It will correct itself eventually, of course, but so much wasted time and money. But these kids saw a get rich quick scheme and went for it. It's worth that in education at least.
We should be encouraging the Core Knowledge Curriculum (not common core--a completely different methodology and mostly different content), good math skills in primary school, the same plus Latin or Greek in Secondary education, and if we do that then we'll have a populous that is competent (or as competent as can be) to figure out what more they need.
College shouldn't be job training. That's what apprenticeships and trade schools are for.