Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Education System and the Academic Mercenary... those degrees aren't so shiny anymore!

I wanted to do an in depth discussion on the dramatic down turn our education system has taken over the past 40-50 years. But while doing some research and again, the fine people I bump into posting on some of my favorite places, I've found that I really am no match for the expertise they provide. So on this one I'm just going to point to three sources that really blow me away.

The first is School Sucks Podcast. It's taken me several months to digest all his podcasts but I can say I've really learned a great deal! Our school systems really do more damage than good to our children's potential. And Brett does a wonderful job of pointing out not only the failures but the possibilities. I would caution people their are some very free thinking views expressed but the good news is, you know what he says is genuinely from his heart. If you have children in school I would suggest that you at least check out the first five podcasts. It's an excellent introduction to why school does suck today.

The second is a report on the college system. The dramatic rise in costs to go to school. And the huge burden of debt that most college graduates now have to wrestle with as they start their careers. And unfortunately, that "education" doesn't always lead them to the promised land they desired. Unfortunately, our government got involved and it's been another example of what disasters our government can create. And when debt is involved, you know how politicians love that.

Student Loan Debt Slaves by Liberty Insight

Finally, the worst part about the system. The loss of integrity. Our integrity is as important as an arm or a leg, yet people are being taught to self-amputate under the impression that... that's how one gets ahead. One may make some money... but it's a long nasty road. And one that will probably end with a great deal of pain suffering and heartbreak. The confession of a Academic Mercenary.

You've never heard of me, but there's a good chance that you've read some of my work. I'm a hired gun, a doctor of everything, an academic mercenary. My customers are your students. I promise you that. Somebody in your classroom uses a service that you can't detect, that you can't defend against, that you may not even know exists.

I work at an online company that generates tens of thousands of dollars a month by creating original essays based on specific instructions provided by cheating students. I've worked there full time since 2004. On any day of the academic year, I am working on upward of 20 assignments.

In the midst of this great recession, business is booming. At busy times, during midterms and finals, my company's staff of roughly 50 writers is not large enough to satisfy the demands of students who will pay for our work and claim it as their own.

The Shadow Scholar - The Chronicle of Higher Education Nov. 15 2010

In my opinion, just like our industrial base, the erosion of our education base leaves us with a uncertain future, at best. At worse, we could be following the model of Africa. Rich in natural resources, entirely owned by elite, with a massive population of poor, ignorant, conflicted and starving people. A serfdom. Once, America not only represented freedom but also the wealth, prosperity and know-how to solve any problem and in so doing better the world.

As we now creep into the 21st Century we find ourselves indebted, debased, demoralized and dumbfounded at what happen. We have to do better! And it doesn't start with a government program or even a politician, it starts with us expecting more and demanding more from ourselves. While we still have the freedom to choose, let's choose to take on the responsibility to make it better! Let's throw off the tyrannical state, it's myriad of red tape, bureaucratic administration and the ideology of force. It can be done... a commitment to freedom has generated great things... at the beginning of our nation, the colonies had been depleted by the British and burden by the cost of a War... yet it wasn't very long until America became a great nation. Freedom does equals Prosperity.


An article in Yahoo News
Student Tracking finds limited Learning in College

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