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originally posted by: JohnnyCanuck
originally posted by: hounddoghowlie
a reply to: JohnnyCanuck
catching a ride to the space station has nothing to do with dumbing down the population. that has everything to to with greed and crooked politicians.
If the population still demanded excellence, it would not have come to be in the first place. A very specific degree in the Humanities may limit one's employment prospects outside of academe, but it still represents an ability to think and reason critically. If education is limited to job skills as the OP and so many others advocate, then society cannot help but dumb down.
These employers won't create entry level jobs and apprentice positions to teach the younger generations. The reason they can't find skilled workers is because they aren't training anyone.
originally posted by: subject x
I have doubts as to whether the education is worth the money. I've have a friend going to college, and I've been helping him a lot. I've been consistently getting 80s without even reading the book. Now,I've never been to college, and if just my general knowledge is scoring B's, why would I want to pay to take the class?
As far as paying for it, we're all expected to be in debt for life these days, so what's another payment?
Which attitude all goes to explain why a once proud America now has to hitchhike to the space station. Folks that actively promote the dumbing down of its population.
originally posted by: Metallicus
It doesn't hurt to have some empathy for your fellow humans. One thing I think we as a society should pay for is the education and betterment of our fellow man (or woman).
originally posted by: catface
So if a person want's to increase his or her value (especially hiring value) an education can be extremely helpful. Regardless of anything, an education should always be viewed as a personal investment into oneself, as opposed to a future meal ticket.