People are and have always been ambitious. Traditionally, people have gotten a basic education at whatever school for which they happened to be zoned. Wealthier people often sent their children to a private school of their choice. The good news for Americans is that all children here are entitled to a free education through their senior year of high school. The bad news is that there are fewer teachers, due to a fastly failing economy. Multiple layoffs in various business sectors, including schools, have felt and endured the crunch.
In spite of the country’s financial woes, colleges and universities still seem to make a good profit, and all of this while an overwhelming number of college graduates (including myself!) are unemployed. People still believe the lie: If you want to amount to anything in life, you had better graduate college.
My bachelor of the sciences degree has only gotten me the best-paying job I’ve ever had in my life! The big problem was that I was placed in a position where I made almost as much money as my boss. It got really sticky when he found out about it. He resented me for having come into his store making almost the same amount of pay that he made. And the employees resented me for taking the job that — in their eyes — should have been theirs. I gave upper management the opportunity to set my boss straight, but I only got labeled as a whiner instead. This clearly showed me that educational degrees only work when everyone in the company truly respects those who earned it.
So this only leads me to ask: What in the hell is all the hoopla about? The race to become successful in life leads many people to believe empty promises by those who want nothing more than your money. They don’t care that you will be paying off a school loan for longer than it took you to earn the damned degree in the first place. I would just LOVE to see the results of a study where every degreed individual in the entire United States was considered a total success or a total failure in life. My guess is that most aren’t successful. Colleges want your money so bad that they mark text books up to more than double of what it took to print them! Just ask any college student.
But this is America, land of the bankrupt!…where everyone is encouraged to live and spend irresponsibly. Please forgive me if I sound unpatriotic and / or cynical. I only call it the way I see it. This rat race is ruining us and widening the divide between the classes. Whatever happened to humanity?