We Need Fewer Students Going to College




In my article Bad Customers - Return Fraudsters I informed my readers that my son is in the business of repairing broken screens on smartphones and other electronic devices in a number of malls throughout New Jersey. What I didn't mention is that we should have been in more than a thousand malls by now except for one thing: we cannot find enough experienced, competent help.

There are two things keeping us from hiring hundreds or even thousands of employees:


  1. College is too expensive and so many young kids who are otherwise qualified cannot afford to attend. The reason that college is so expensive is that too many unqualified, unsuitable boys and girls are attending college and borrowing money they will never be able to repay - or their parents will never be able to repay.

  2. The minimum wage is too high and so internship to train poorly educated young people is priced out of the reach of many businesses.


My son cannot afford to spend millions of dollars training callow youth. It costs us a ton of money, effort, and time teaching the trade of smartphone repair - to pay them any wages at all makes it even more economically prohibitive. Most college grads are worthless (1) and we're stuck re-educating them and deprogramming the stupidity put into their heads by colleges who no longer bother to be pedagogically efficacious because they're overbooked with students who do not belong in college and so can charge outrageous fees because of the high demand.

Look, I get it, all parents want their kids to go to college; but the truth is, very few youth belong in college. What most of these kids should be doing is going to vocational schools. As for those too stupid for either college or vocational schools, they should look for employment in government.




ENDNOTES


(1):

Quartz, 3 Nov 2012, Less than 4% of students in an MIT online course passed the final.

almost half of US employers say they can’t find workers to fill more than 3 million positions, even with 13 million Americans unemployed. A good chunk of that is due to what business and politicians call the “skills gap.” Around 12% of factory-floor jobs, for example, now require a higher level of skills than similar jobs required just a decade ago, according to the National Association of Manufacturers. And it’s not just blue-collar workers, and technicians. It’s computer engineers, biochemists, market research managers, and salespeople, too.



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