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Must-have college? – Maybe not.

January 2, 2018

It appears colleges like San Diego State University are still home to some pretty good acid trips, judging by the drivel that passes for learned discourse from their profs and alumni.

From ranting about “racist farmers markets” to profs changing grades for business students to relieve stress, the college experience has become more of a high-priced nursery school than a place to gain work and life skills.

And employers are noticing. At a time when hiring is projected to expand, where are they looking for new employees?

A group of white collar employers at a local Chamber of Commerce pre-New Years shindig got off on the subject of the tax cuts and what they planned to do with any new money.

That led to a discussion about hiring.

“Ben” who owns a financial services company, spoke up to say he was going to hire, but he was going to require two or three years continuous work experience as one of his criteria. He didn’t care where they had worked, just that they had held a job somewhere since college.

Asked why, he said that over the past five to seven years, he has noticed that newly-minted college grads simply do not have the ability to cope in the workplace.

“They can’t grasp the concept of productivity or of their relative value to the business. Some of them can’t pass our mandatory credit check because they owe tens of thousands of dollars in student and other debt. They are offended by everything, making it very hard to match them with clients. One girl who worked for me briefly two years ago flatly told me she would not work with one of our top clients because his politics offended her. Let someone else break them in…I can’t afford to waste the time or risk offending my clients.”

Other members nodded in agreement.

That does not bode well for graduates drowning in debt, nor for the entities, mostly the Federal government, holding that debt.

Let’s put student debt into perspective.

You know that 1.5 trillion dollars the TCJA added to the national debt?  If the tooth fairy came along and paid all the student loan debt off tomorrow, it would put 1.48 trillion dollars back into the system. In short, it would pay for the TCJA.

According to one website, 66% of all graduates leave public colleges with student loan debt, and the figure given for private colleges is even higher at 75%. The sources they give seem to verify their numbers.

Of course it costs money to go to college. Professors don’t work for free, and no one expects them to do so.

But doesn’t the country have a right to expect value for that money?

If the economy takes off the way the President thinks it will, then employers may have to stock up on nappies and pacifiers until they can finish the education the kids aren’t getting at school.

That may mask the problem for a time, but it doesn’t solve it.

Significantly many of the offenders are the institutions many see as the most prestigious (and most expensive) to have on one’s résumé.

Not all colleges and high schools are graduating social and political activists, but enough of them are to make this a national issue.

So why aren’t we?

From → op-ed

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