March 18, 2013

Not Everyone Needs A Degree

This year has been an interesting experience – for the first time I’ve been teaching some senior classes, including economics. A couple of weeks ago we were talking about unemployment and finding a job in today’s economy. I mentioned that the oil industry is begging for workers today – and that there are good paying jobs for folks who don’t have a college degree down in the Oil Patch and up in the Dakotas. Several of my students were outraged – because they thought I was encouraging them to not go to college. I wasn’t, of course – I was simply commenting on the fact that not every good job requires a college degree.

Which leads me to Marco Rubio and his observation this weekend.

Not everyone needs a four-year degree to be successful, said Republican Sen. Marco Rubio at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week. “We still need plumbers.” At 41, he just finished paying off his student debt from college and law school — and he had to write a book to do it.

Let’s face it – not all of our students want to go to college. Not all of them need to go to college to reach their career goals. And most importantly, not all of them have the aptitude to do well in a traditional college program. It is foolish for us to pretend otherwise – and we need to quit trying make them fit.

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I am not sure whether blue-collar jobs are out there right now, in Texas? Would you not consider that we are a part of the global economy and for anyone to succeed beyond Texas, perhaps a college degree would be in order. National economy is in shables and we have a legislator that discourages education. You for one, should encourage your students to make it beyond the minimum and you are not because they may be a good fit?
I want my children to be prepared for globalization. You have to consider that the world does not end in Texas. Best regards...

|| Posted by Thomas Rykala, March 25, 2013 11:43 AM ||

You seem to miss my point.

I do encourage my students to shoot for college. But let's be honest -- not all of them want to, not all of them are able to, and not all of them can afford to. And the reality is that there are lots of jobs that don't require a BA in order to enter the field. Auto mechanics, HVAC work, Plumbing, and many jobs in the field in the oil industry, just off the top of my head. Might they need some technical training? Sure -- but that can be accomplished at a community college in a certificate program.

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, March 25, 2013 03:50 PM ||

Thomas Rykala is a point-misser! Search the twat's name-you'll see! We all think he is a Dick-except his wife, who claims he's dickless!

|| Posted by Moran b eeghuzzar, October 13, 2013 02:31 PM ||

Thomas Rykala, massive stroke sufferer, should not be taken seriously by anyone. He goes to executions for fun, collects guns for fun, drools constantly. He's a Dick!

|| Posted by Moran b eeghuzzar, October 23, 2013 09:00 AM ||
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