Monday, November 21, 2011

Bring Back the Middle Class of Education: Hypocrisy of the Occupiers

I was inspired by a friend’s blog in which he had a chart that showed that the US has the highest number of top universities in the world.  Yet despite the number of top universities, the US lags far behind the other nations on the chart when it comes to test scores.  The point of this post is not to discuss the lack of real education provided at these schools, but to talk about the hypocrisy of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) crowd. 
You see, the OWS crowd identifies themselves as part of the 99% of the have-nots, compared to the 1% haves.  Most of these OWS people are college students or college graduates.     Only around 25% of Americans have a college degree.  That means the vast majority of people in the US have no college degree.  That puts the degreed people in an elite class.  That means 25% possess 100% of the valid education in America.  Shouldn’t there be educational redistribution.  This isn’t such a crazy idea.  In the world I work in, you either have a degree and are worthwhile or you have no degree and are not worth anything.  A college degree is something you either have or don’t have, and we are told from birth that you are nothing unless you have a degree.    There is no educational middle class.  But how can there be one you ask?  The truth is, there used to be one.  
You see, for generations, trade schools, apprenticeships, certifications, and 2 year degrees had value.  While the real value still exists, the perceived value does not.  If I become an electrician, I’m viewed by the 25% as some greasy fingered dullard.  Why is what the 25% think important.  The 25% control the educational system, the legal system, the political system, and the media.  They do not control business.  Haven’t you ever wondered why the institutions that the 25% control seem so anti-business.  It is because business is the opportunity where the 75% can find success.  They don’t want the 75% to have success, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to do so. 
What the OWS movement is essentially about is redistributing opportunity to be successful from 100% of people to the 25% they are a part of.   What we need to do is to re-establish the value of the educational middle-class.  Support vocations and trades.  Push back against the OWS.

1 comment:

Kansas Bob said...

I wonder what percentage of small business owners have college degrees?