Monday, May 04, 2009

Glenn Beck: "I think this whole college thing is a scam"

There are loads and loads of stupidity on display here.

You know what? The real scam is that we require most people to go way into debt just to have a decent career. I'm not really sure what their argument is here because most students already have to take out loans in order to go to college but somehow taking out government loans with lower interest rates is worse than taking out loans from private corporations. According to whoever that moron is next to Glenn Beck someday the government might require you to "vote Democratic" to repay that loan. Umm, ok. Is something that idiotic even worth responding to?

Then they compare some form of national service to slavery and act as if it's impossible for anyone to choose a career if they miss out on those key "formative years." Well, I had no freaking clue what I wanted to do during my "formative years" and by the time I figured it out it ended up costing me a lot of time and money. Apparently those are "irreplaceable" and I'll be a failure forever. I'm not sure how all of these other countries that require some sort of national service manage to survive when none of their people can ever form a career.

Then there's his elitist ideas that we need to make obtaining an education as difficult as possible (meaning paying for it, not actually working at learning) so that people "appreciate it." Honestly, I hear bullshit like that and think that some of these people really wouldn't mind having an uneducated population. Easier to control, I guess. What, exactly, is your problem with a free education for everyone?


Blogger Shawn said...

I'd like to congratulate Glenn Beck for having the courage to bring out such a risky guest for him like an associate of the Ayn Rand Foundation.... to talk about education.

Although I will agree with King Melodrama on the header quote..... the college system is going through some rough transitions right now, and it seems as though the return on investment for a four year degree is taking a frightening nose dive. Rather than point to a not-yet-implemented white-suburban slave trade market as the problem, I tend to head the other way. What *has* been implemented is a layer of corporate-based economic strategy that invites a sort of window dressing on our institutions that sell not the tools of innovation or industry or academics, but of a lifestyle, all supported by your favorite brands that you've come to know and love. The Humphrey Institute here in Minnesota has some lowly and lightless basement classrooms that, while highly functional, are apparently the scorn of the West Bank, as the sweeping grandeur of the glass-and-steel Carlson School of Business Management towers over the modest brick and mortar of the humphrey like a spaceship that just landed on the corner of your local American Legion. Each of their aquarium-like conference rooms with projectors and lcd displays proudly shows which company sponsored this hall - the Target symposium or the 3M conference hall.... it has all the marks of the entrails of a market system, and is just the reason why government may be the only way that our education is returned to the idea of intellect, collaboration, and yes, public service. Ask the 26 year olds I know working through the Target leadership program if their 4 year education made them "free". Also, ask me next spring when I get a master's degree and end up slingin Capilene to rich yuppies at Patagonia. Freedom and slavery are all questions of paradigm.....

11:36 PM  
Blogger rcombs said...

What?! You can't be wasting time helping people while trying to get a career thing you know everybody is going to be trying to make a career out of helping people. And we all know what a colossally bad idea THAT is.
Rachel Combs, LMSW

7:25 PM  

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