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.
I don't see this as my concern. I won't hire anyone (as file clerk, etc.) who can't write at an Elements of Style level. There are plenty who can. So if you failed kollege or kollege failed you ... not my problem. And I don't need a barista, either.
Vic Morrow's tommy gun
The growth of TV set ownership since about 1950 correlates inversely with different measures of intelligence, success, analytic ability, and so forth. Any questions?
The first question is how do illiterate people graduate from high school? Back in the bad-ole '90s, Newt addressed the problem colleges had funding the ever-growing remedial math and English classes. He said the colleges should bill the high schools for them since it was their fault those kids had to take them in the first place.
I was a college professor for 10 years and taught Geology, Physics, and Math, and yes, science majors were required to write. I can't tell you how many times I heard "Why are you correcting my grammar and spelling". I handed them a copy Of Elements of Style after the first paper.
I knew a man who was a co-owner in a irrigation company. He was about 60 at that time and the other two co-owners were worried he would retire or worse. Every product they sold he had invented, built and installed. He had a number of patents on his inventions. They had hired an irrigation engineer to work with him, go with him to every job, work with him in the shop and interpret his designs and installations and write the manuals. The engineer was smart, a sharp young man who impressed you right away, After 6 months the engineer wa starting to get a handle on everything and after a year he was producing the documentation. This was a big company and 50 years ago they were pioneers in the industry. This co-owner had designed and built everything himself the other two partners were the money. This man was a classic good old boy who grew up on a farm and learned his skills hands on. Graduated from high school and then worked full time on his farm until about 1960 when he formed his irrigation company. The irrigation engineer was a genius whiz kid and he was playing catch up for two years with this slow talking high school graduate good old boy. IMHO college and even genius doesn't mean diddly-squat it's what you got and what you do with it that counts.
You might enjoy the program "Ultimate Restorations". I have been known to tear up upon the reveal of their accomplishments. I was especially taken with restoration of Kansas City's Ahrens Fox fire truck from 1926.
Agreed. The mantra "College for everyone!" (can't call it a policy position) is a feel-good statement that means university has to be dumbed down in order to accommodate people who shouldn't be there.
What we should really have as a policy is "Post high school training for everyone!" meaning trade school and apprenticeships as well as the possibility of university. College should ideally be reserved for bookish people who want to make an investment in their education, not buy a ticket into the middle class.