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Generation Sloth

September 6, 2009 by

It’s Labor Day, but there’s nothing to celebrate.

It turns out that half of college graduates under the age of 25 are working in jobs that require no college education at all. Think of Starbucks, the Gap, Target, and the like. Not that there is anything wrong with these jobs. But here’s the thing: these positions used to be held by young people before they finished college (which is in turn devoting itself to remedial education on the basics).

Do you see what is happening here? The minimum wage, subsidized college loans, child work laws, and other interventions are conspiring to prolong adolescence as long as possible — to the point that these young adults are seeing as much as a full decade of life experience pretty well stolen from them. FULL ARTICLE

{ 55 comments }

Franklin September 9, 2009 at 12:49 pm

My PC seemed stuck. Forgive the double posting.

Smack September 9, 2009 at 4:08 pm

I am a university professor – fortunately I teach nursing so my students leave school with the ability to work – to be producers.

I teach a sophomore level class and on the first day I tell about 90 students that if they are bored, skip class are not interested or are failing, they need to leave school and quit wasting their parents’ money and get a job at the mall.

Universities are businesses – staffed by, as in the case of my own – a state university – multiple provosts of diversity and political correctness as well as communications, business and english “professors”. Their job is to stroke your child’s ego, inflate his grade and provide him with an easy path to admission into their doctoral program – soon we will see multiple PhDs working at Starbucks.

I recently asked a niece what field she was researching for her PhD – her answer “Poverty”. I suppose a dissertation on the “Epistemic Arrogance of Ramen Noodles” will serve her well. Sigh.

John Taylor Gatto folks. Every adolescent needs his parents to make him “Go Gatto”. Kick their asses off the couch and put them to work.

hrbiel September 9, 2009 at 5:17 pm

It seems to me you’re forgetting that millions of what once were well paying jobs have been exported to foreign workforces. Had they remained here there would have been opportunities for new college graduates.

hrbiel September 9, 2009 at 5:43 pm

It seems to me you’re forgetting that millions of what once were well paying jobs have been exported to foreign workforces. Had they remained here there would have been opportunities for new college graduates.

Pathos June 21, 2010 at 12:07 am

I will admit, first instinct was a reflex “Oh not this high-brow **** again”. However, having just passed through uni, I agree a lot of people who took other fields have struggled to gain meaningful employment. To me, the entire problem is systematic. Schools take so much time and drain so much desire that it’s hard to want to do something afterwards, and in schools things can’t be tailored to take into account the skills, competencies and interests of the students. My own personal experience, I was a “gifted” student in primary school, until a teacher said that I was going too fast and worried I’d be bored for the rest of the school time (I apparently did 2 and a half years of maths in less than 6 months). So much for schools being centres of excellence then. Worse still was being forced to go so slow, having to rewrite assignments as my vocabulary was beyond what was expected of a student my age, not able to help those students less adept than I was (even though I could teach them better than the teacher sometimes) and having to go to classes which I didn’t care for and couldn’t foresee any use to me in the future.

So I completed year 12, headed off to university, completed science and medical degrees, entered the workforce as all junior doctors do in Australia; working in a public hospital. As a junior, you’re expected to be a jack of all trades, interchangeable with other juniors. Which does not make sense to me at all. My passion is pathology, and I’m now working in emergency, which doesn’t appeal to my personality or abilities well. Why? Because the colleges tend not to bother with you until you have at least 2 years experience before applying. So instead of me doing it, why not a junior who’s passionate about it, and allowing me to pursue fields related to my interest? Why some silly arbitrary number of years needed to qualify? Why are most junior doctors in the same boat as me? Let’s go back further, why did I have to spend 19 years of my life trapped in academia, especially if I could have learned what was needed faster on my own? Why are children forced to learn things they don’t need or care for?

In the end, with all the rules, regulations and sheer hoop-jumping you have to do to really get somewhere, I can’t blame other people younger than me being discouraged or shut out of jobs. To blame it on them when they’re going in against such, hell, opposition to finding work and instead passing through a soul-destroying, comformity-compulsive mess is far from appropriate. The state and all those who made the current schooling system should take the lion’s share of blame. Someone has commented on John Taylor Gatto, and having read his works I agree children (not just “gifted” ones like me) are not being pushed to their limits but instead pushed into uniform little building blocks of society, dependent on those higher up the heirarchy instead of their skills and abilities, shut off from others for their formative years. I would’ve annoyed the nursing professor no end if I was one of his/her students, attending class, pfffft. I learnt far more with my friends, some textbooks, a cafe, a former professor and a nearby hospital.

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