It’s about self-actualization. One gets out of it what one puts into it.
Over 10 years ago the U.S. Department of Labor noted that:
1 in 5 college graduates earn less than the median for high school grads. (Source: Forbes, 12/28/1998, p. 106)
According to a 2010 article in The Chronicle of Higher Education:
Over 317,000 waiters and waitresses have college degrees (over 8,000 of them have doctoral or professional degrees), along with over 80,000 bartenders, and over 18,000 parking lot attendants.
There are 5,057 janitors in the U.S. with Ph.D.’s, other doctorates, or professional degrees.
All told, some 17,000,000 Americans with college degrees are doing jobs that the BLS says require less than the skill levels associated with a bachelor’s degree. (Source)
Ok, Shift Happens, so what’s education’s role?
The famous philosopher and educator John Dewey wrote in 1897:
Every teacher should realize he is a social servant set apart for the maintenance of the proper social order and the securing of the right social growth. (Source)
In his 1905 dissertation for Columbia Teachers College, Elwood Cubberly—the future Dean of Education at Stanford University—wrote that “schools should be factories” in which:
Children, are to be shaped and formed into finished products…manufactured like nails, and the specifications for manufacturing will come from government and industry. (Source)
Maybe it’s time . . . for a new vision:
. . . or an alternative future:
- Fun is the Future: Mastering Gamification (fun & games)
- Games Everywhere : The Larger Role for Web Platforms and Services for Games & Serious Games (fun & games)
- Unemployment Soars among the Younger Generation–85% of college seniors plan to move back home with their parents after graduation
- The Quickening, 2010, and The Symbiotic Holographic Hive Mind