Life Choices Matter

Life Choices Matter
Your Life Choices Matter

Your life choices matter, and the first major life choice people make largely for themselves is the choice between going to college or entering the workforce. It’s the choice than will financially decide their future more often than not. And, frankly, a lot of young people have been indoctrinated into making that choice without any real thought.

4-Year Degree vs. Skilled Trades

OK, to start with, this chart seems off to me in its details, though the premise is sound. The average debt accrued for a baccalaureate is $32,000 – $59,000, not $90,000. I also, if we’re going for numbers which are both more conservative and, IMHO, much closely matching “Blue Collar” salaries across the US, I’d set the starting salaries in the $12 – $18/hour range.

As I said though, the premise is still sound. Having earned $117,060 – $150,500 over 4 years is a lot better than having earned nothing and having accrued $32,000 – $59,000 that you will, presumably, have to repay at some point. The tradesman, after 4 years is $149,060 – $209,500 ahead of the college graduate in total earnings and on his or her to establishing a life.

And, BTW, that college graduate most likely won’t catch up anytime soon. The average salary for someone with a 4-year degree is $69,368 compared to the tradesman’s $64,770, but for an average of 20 years that graduate will be loosing on average $2,880/year in loan payments, bringing his or her effective income to $66,490, a meager $1720 more than the tradesman. That means it will take well over 50 years before the graduate “catches up” to the total earnings of the tradesman. This is literally more than the span of time – 40 – 50 years – most Americans work.

And remember, these numbers and predictions are based upon my believed-to-be-corrected and lowered numbers. If the chart is closer to being correct than I am, for either debt accrued or salaries, it’s even worse for the college graduate, who could be almost $315,000 in total earnings behind the tradesman.

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Honestly, people need to make informed life choices instead of blindly following the government’s propaganda that has pushed getting a college degree as the primary and preferred, if not only, means of being successful since at least as far back as the early 1960s.

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Invisible College Barrier?

Invisible College Barrier? No!
Invisible College Barrier? No!

Certain sorts are complaining that underrepresented minority (URM) – yes, that’s now a term in college circles – students are facing invisible barriers in public colleges which prevent them from getting or completing the degrees that they want. And those invisible barriers are grades. And this, of course, is racist and needs to be addressed.

Let’s start with the fact that minorities are most likely not underrepresented, if enrollment figures have maintained the rates that they had for a long time. A five-year average showed that 4.98% of Whites, 6.22% of Blacks, and 4.1% of Latinos enrolled in college each year. So, that pretty much throws the Underrepresented Minority (URM) into the trash heap where all such lies belong.

But that “invisible barrier” to minority students is hardly invisible at all. It’s in plain sight, like all or most actual scholastic requirements in colleges, especially large public universities. They do gate off popular majors, limiting them out of necessity to those students with the best GPAs in prerequisite courses for those respective majors. These grade requirements conserve the various departments’ limited resources by acting as a winnowing tool, which makes sure that the strongest students enter those majors and lower-performing students are directed to other majors that the universities’ faculties believe they can better handle.

“I got in here,” she [Gonzales] told me this summer, which she spent finishing her degree in a different major. “I did the application. I did the essays. I was accepted. But then there was another admissions process I didn’t even know about. It was like running a race with one leg.”

It’s quite simple really. When competing for resources, those who can show that they will make the best use of those resources will gain them and those that don’t show that won’t get them. If minorities can’t successfully compete – a falsehood, judging by UC Berkely’s graduates demographic figures – it’s neither the universities faults nor their “problem” to solve.

Most certainly, the growing trend of using “holistic” means of judging a major candidates’ worthiness to claim one of the seats in a college/major, is not a means that provides true benefit. It just ends up lowering the bar, but only for certain classes of applicant.

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That's What I Do

That's What I Do. I Read Books. I Drink Coffee, And I Know Things
That’s What I Do

Yes. That’s what I do. I read books of all sorts. I drink coffee in what most would consider improperly copious amounts. And I know things, things both sublime and uplifting and things dark, noisome, and soul-staining.

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Making Their Own Choices

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Making Their Own Choices – Sons Raised Right

If you’re both wise and committed to raising children who will think for themselves and not be afraid about making their choices in life, raise them to think for themselves. Raise them to refuse the false limits of the choices what passes for teachers these days will always present them. 😉

Remember, the most basic and pernicious form of what passes for our school system’s indoctrination of America’s youth is their deliberate miseducation of choices. They always present a limited set of “correct” answers, and they always expect and demand that students abide by these limitations.

Teach your children, especially your sons, to reject this tyranny and to choose what and/or what set of answers are right for them.

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Not Going To End Well

Not Going To End Well
This Is Not Going To End Well For Us

I’ve no evidence to support – and I looked as best as I could, but there’s very little information available on Chinese curricula – and tend to disbelieve that Chinese 3rd Graders are being taught multi-variable calculus, but Mrs. Paul’s point is still very well-made and shouldn’t be discounted because of what was most likely deliberate hyperbole.

Chinese students of all ages are taught core skills needed to succeed, as well as patriotism – though we obviously and rightly don’t like the latter in China case. They’re not being taught that “make a guess about whether the baby is a boy or girl.” And I very highly doubt that they’re having or will ever have regular “story time” with Drag Queens.

Chinese student are also not being taught that there are only two types of people in China, Oppressors and Oppressed. Whereas, more and more, what passes for schools and teachers in America are teaching exactly that from K-12, with the Oppressors being Whites and the Oppressed being everyone else who isn’t White.

And this isn’t in the long run going to end well for us. When China – and a lot of other nations – are both more committed to teaching the next generations what they need to know while those in our schools are committed to teaching the next generations so much that is both wrong and harmful, the future of our nation is bleak indeed.

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