Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Why is there so much ‘anti-education’ in the media?

We hear about student loan debt, we hear about gainful employment, we here about college educated folks working in restaurants, and I could go on. However, do you truly believe that going to college equates not being successful in the work place?

“If college were easy, everyone would do it”; college has always been reserved for the elite and wealthy, with the occasional charity case thrown in. Name one politician without a college degree, name a president without one, or how about a fortune 500 CEO or president who tell you not to go to college.

Do not equate bad economic times with education being useless: it does not add up. The people who are suffering by scale the most are those without an education.

“Stop Scaring Students”

“It is high school graduation time, and some columnists here in California and nationally, in platforms such as Forbes and U.S. News & World Report, seem to be heralding in the season by carrying articles questioning the value of a college education. They report record unemployment levels among recent college graduates as the rationale for pursuing a trade right out of high school rather than pursuing a college degree”.

“What such articles fail to report is that the best insurance against unemployment is a college degree. A review of Bureau of Labor Statistics data tracing educational attainment and unemployment for all recessions since 1981 suggests that adults with a college education were twice as likely to be employed as those who had earned only a high school diploma. The logical claim is that education is an investment that pays off”.

Until you can show quantifiable evidence, that education is not useful, please stay silent.

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III

The ETeam

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