07 June 2012

Satisficing Guaranteed

Here’s some sad commentary about the current set of grads:

Seven in 10 of these recent graduates said they would need more education if they were to have a successful career. Despite their belief in the value of post-secondary education, though, only 38 percent definitely planned to attend college to get more education in the next five years. Barriers included skyrocketing tuitions and family obligations.

These grads are, of course, entirely correct in believing that college credentials are generally necessary to having, if not a good career, at least a decent one.  What’s sad, though, is how many of these grad think they need a higher education in order to succeed.  In essence, 70% of current grads are not willing to make their own success; they are relying on others to do it for them.

I know that not everyone can self-employed entrepreneurs that go about making new businesses and products, but it is pathetic that so many won’t even consider such an option.  People can’t work at Microsoft or Apple without their first being a Bill Gates or Steve Jobs.  Unfortunately, not many seem to want to be Gates or Jobs.

Of course, given the current economic climate, this isn’t altogether unexpected.  The current regulatory regime very much favors established big businesses, and generally hamstrings small businesses (assuming they operate within the bounds of regulation).  The taxes accompanying success aren’t encouraging, either.  Really, it is easier to rely on others to provide some small measure of success for you than to fight for it yourself.
And really, there is no better sign of a declining society than its youth’s lack of desire to take risk.  Quite simply, young people in the United States have bought into the notion that they need to have a higher level of education to succeed in their career.  That they are so concerned with conforming to the desires of economically privileged in order to have a tolerable life is saddening. That the current state of affairs actively encourages this mindset of dependency is simply sick.


  1. Ironically, so many of the young adults who DO go to college, completely waste it. By this I mean they're entitled brats who won't spend five seconds studying for a test but will gladly pull every last stop to try and weasel a passing grade out of the system anyway.

    Can the barbarians please just invade us already, this slow decline thing is agony

  2. @Anon.- yes, but the point of college isn't to get an education. It's to get a piece of paper that says you will be a good cog in the corporate machine. Thus, passing is more important than learning because employers are more interested in your ability to meet the minimum requirements of handling arbitrary, meaningless busy work than they are in knowing that you've learned something and can think critically.