Many employers no longer consider a four-year college degree to be a basic requirement when considering new applicants. The one-time coveted hunk of paper no longer serves as a viable indication of a degree holder’s competency, reasoning abilities, or communicative skills.
The focus of university students shifted dramatically when 18-year-olds won the right to vote in 1971. The premise of the students was that if they were old enough to die for their country in Vietnam, they should at least have a say in determining who was sending them to the God-forsaken jungles of Southeast Asia.
With the passage of the 26th Amendment, students now had some clout. They were no longer just empty voices protesting a war they could do nothing about. With one quick signature, millions of students emerged from their once blanketed silence, their voices amplified in unison.
Campus’ nationwide became politicized as young students now had the right, in addition to what they felt were some very good reasons, for wanting to assist in shaping the future that would soon belong to them.
University research centers such as those at Stanford and MIT, for the first time, began partnering with private firms, which eventually led to the solicitation of funds from foreign entities. As the dominoes fell, universities established overseas satellite campuses while at the same time extending invitations to thousands of foreign students to come study in America.
Globalization enriched institutes of higher learning far beyond the days of sleepy classrooms taught by crusty old professors awaiting their turn to retire to Florida. The monetary input of mega-bucks from Silicon Valley, coupled with an extreme influence of politics both foreign and domestic, altered their course of priorities.
New “centers” popped up around campuses for the purposes of everything except furthering a student’s education. Because the campuses are a smorgasbord of young feeble minds, most of who just recently quit dining on their mammas fried chicken, an overwhelming majority were political in nature, and they almost always leaned extremely to the left.
Investors from the Middle East to Communist China began investing in U.S. universities as American companies formed conglomerates. Universities became endless waterfalls of cash as they for the first time ever began showing up on Wall Street markets.
To say that none of this had a remarkable influence on molding the shape of higher American learning would be as ludicrous as claiming Trump legally lost the election, and we all know better than that.
In addition to the centers leaning in the wrong direction, a rather bizarre turn of events took place. Because of outside influences pumping cash into them for deviate reasons, they began attracting more upscale students, many of whom were living comfortably thanks to their daddy’s kindheartedness and unlimited AmEx card.
These students lived off-campus in posh apartments. They vacationed in Aruba and belonged to the finest gym in town. In short: The money they never earned, nonetheless, gained them influence in certain circles, as well as buying lots of these eager silver-spooned kids some fairly nice top-notch overseas internships. Many of these were with the same foreign companies that had already seized a great deal of control.
Then came the massive immigration of nearly 50 million current U.S. residents who were born in mysterious places. This was not an Ellis Island type scenario. As was anticipated, some of them weren’t very well off, but, a great deal of them were. They were educated and they had children who they wanted to educate. Thus, an even greater diversity, along with their thoughts, ideologies, and varying religious beliefs, entered America’s higher educational mainstream with an entirely new array of political dreams and desires.
These days there is always some activist with a bullhorn screaming the political jargon of the day at anyone on campus who’ll listen. The problem being, because students now believe the biggest portion of their education will come from real-life experiences, too many of them stop and listen.
They’ve been programmed to not worry so much about math, language, or any of the traditional ABC’s and 101 classes. They still have to take and pass that stuff to get that embossed piece of paper, but the meat and potatoes lie in digging into the plate of radicalism because that’s what college is all about.
So is it any wonder how employers are now having a closer look at what a potential employee might be capable of? An unofficial school of hard-knocks degree, where once not recognized, is now getting tossed in the in-basket in lieu of the circular file.
This is not to suggest that education is not important. It’s ultimately crucial for the further advancement and growth of this nation. But it needs to be kept in check. Parents or guardians should have a chat with their future college-bound kids before they fly the nest.
Depending on where they will be attending, as some colleges and universities are better known for more often stirring the pot of discourse, will depend on the severity or even the need for such a conversation.
If you do need to sit them down for a spell, it’s better to do it now before they return home spewing green slime out of their spinning head.