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Mike Rowe Issues Tough Love on College and Debt. And It's Perfect.
Everyone at LwC is a fan of all things Mike Rowe (like, the evidence speaks for itself), so of course his Prager U video caught our attention. You know the one, because there's a good chance it caught your's too judging by my Facebook timeline...
Well, our friend Brandon Morse over at Redstate got to ask him about that very video. Rowe had a lot of interesting points, but this one stood out...
It’s a free country, and part of being free is making stupid decisions and paying for them later. The problem is with respect to gender studies, mid-east poli-sci, and advanced basket weaving, that are potentially interesting, but not viable. The problem isn’t that they’re not viable in the market place, the problem is that we’re paying for it.
Me, and you, and all your other friends who agree with us. We’re paying for it, and this is the thing that people have a hard time making a distinction around. In my opinion, talking about people who are recently out of college, they just don’t see it this way, but the way I see it is that we have $1.3 trillion worth of student loans on the books right now. $1.3 trillion! We hold the note on that. Not just the people who owe that money.
I actually have a lot of sympathy for a millennial who’s trying to figure out what to do with their life. Who’s 18 to 19 years old, and getting all this pressure to declare a major. I’m 54. I don’t know what I want to do. And I can remember being 18 and just laughing when my parents and guidance councilors were like "yeah, you have to declare a major and then you have to spend the money, and then you have to go ahead and get on this road and that’s where the road is going to take you." I just really think we do these kids a disservice, not only by pushing them into such ridiculous debt, but by forcing them to decide what they're going to do with their life. Then 4 years later, yeah you’ve got your degree, and you’ve got your debt, but oh yeah there are no jobs available after all in gender studies that pay more than $30,000 a year.
So what are we gonna do? We’re gonna pay the debt, and go deeper into the red, and that’s that...
It's been this way for years. We (society and pop culture led by the left) guilt people until going to college, because there's something wrong with them if they don't. Also because it's a pet project for the Democrat party. Put a mushy brain into college, get a mushy leftist brain out of college. Win.
Trivia: someone find me a lucrative job requiring a gender studies degree. "Lucrative" being you're still not living with your mom. "Lucrative" being you can afford a car which isn't found at the bottom of your Fruit Loops box.
Then we (society and pop culture led by the left) expect these mushy-brained students to choose a major that is supposed to be a career for them. All of these life changing decisions occur prior to any real world life experience.
Sure, many students have a good idea of where they want to go. These students pick degrees in the sciences, engineering, math. Degrees with practical application.
Anthropology majors? Not so much. But hey, sounds kind of cool. Read Dear High School Students: Don't Go to College. No, Seriously...
When they graduate with a useless major with no real world application, with a pile of credit card debt, we (society and pop culture led by the left) go...
Some of us don't shrug our shoulders so much as shake our collective heads. We wait to laugh until after you've left to go pick up job applications for your local Applebees. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Yes, plenty of blame lies with the students themselves. But there's also some blame in the education system which says gender studies is totally acceptable. When it should be pushing engineering or oil and gas exploration. You know. Jobs in demand. With high pay. Still, not everyone is able to meet the high demands of said fields. In that case, where's the push for trade schools? Where's the encouragement for entrepreneurship? Where are the adults to tell kids that no, you can't be anything you want to be? You're passionate, sure, but a pet beautician isn't the stellar ticket to success you may believe it to be. No matter how pretty your cats toenails.
After all is said and done, guess who holds the bills to these useless dreams? Right, those of us who actually have jobs. Real jobs, which pay real money. We get to pay for the dreamers of pet facials.
So again, stop and think for a second. Don't feel, just think. It may require you forgo college for something more worthwhile. Like plumbing. Hey, everyone craps.