US Education: A Broke Back Mountain

When one thinks the daft couldn’t get more daft, one might be rather daft….   In light of the tee-shirt slogan worn by a majority of college liberals which states “I don’t have time for hate, racism, misogyny, albeism, homophobia, Islamophobia, transphobia, bigoty” – segregation is required.   (Full disclosure I had to look up albeism).

As a result of their intolerance of the intolerable, and the need to have safe spaces, students now require segregated graduation ceremonies and segregated dormitories based on ethnicity, religion, identity, race, etc..

And a full 72% of colleges are apparently willing to comply.

It will be interesting to see how this lavishly daft intolerance survives in the work environment when these self obsessed students can’t whine and cry and demand the world conform to their ‘safe place’.

With titles such as Lavender Commencement, Gesta Latina Commencement, American Indian Indigenous Commencement, Don the Kente, etc… Virginia Tech boasts 10 different diversity ceremonies which are technically illegal under Discrimination laws.

Within this vein, Georgetown students have voted to increase tuition in order to create a pool of money to pay for ‘reparations’. The catch? The increased tuition is for ‘future students’, not them. And the extent of this generation of selfish self-consumed whiners is not just a product of a failed education system, but of a failed parent system.

Who is minding the children?

Over the last two decades, the number of children in full time daycare under the age of 5 hovers at 86%.   Four and under is 66%.   Daycare employee qualifications vary by state although most require a high school diploma or equivalent. The average entry pay is $10.50 per hour. In Washington DC a parent can expect to pay $36,000 per year per child for daycare. On the low end, in Mississippi, daycare runs about $8,000 per year per child.

For a family of four including 2 children, daycare can run from $16,000 to $72,000 annually or a mean of $44,000. That would be breakeven. With a mean salary in the US at $43,000 per year, there obviously comes a point where daycare is simply ludicrous. Aside from the financial cost is the social cost. The generation raised by an institution is coming of age. Their morality, ethics, values, and virtues have been impregnated by strangers who come and go within these institutions, and we are now witnessing the end product.

After paying a mean cost for daycare for 12 years – a total of $528,000, parents haven’t the funds to pay for college.   In 2009 when Obama reigned, student loan debt was $675 billion, today it has risen to $1.465 trillion representing 44 million borrowers, 10% of whom are 90 days past due. The debt has become so untenable that suicide is contemplated as the answer.

It has been likened to the concept of Socialism for the wealthy and Capitalism for the middle class and poor.   In other words, the next generation will wholly squeeze out all but the wealthy for a college education.  And there is no solution…

As we have recently been made aware, wealthy does not align with intellect. Bribes would seem to be the mainstream means of attaining a degree for the party lovers whose parents indulge the system. As such, some pundits point to Germany as a prime example of how an education system should work – free.

But of course, that isn’t the entire story.

When reviewing the percentage of college graduate rates around the world, Germany does not even make the top ten.   Canada is number one, Japan, Israel, Korea, UK, US, Australia, Finland, Norway, then Luxembourg rank highest in that order   All these countries are subject to a college cost, although it is somewhat lower than the US.

In Denmark where college is free, and a $1000 per month living stipend is available, they have found that students take advantage of the system and spend 6 years completing a 4 year degree because – well – it is free!   In addition, only 12% of the population actually attained a bachelor’s degree or higher, while 14% attained a technical or vocational degree, far below the graduation rate in the US which is roughly 48%.

Obviously, free is not the answer.

Pensions. In Canada, teachers pay 11.5% into their pension plan. In the US it is as low as 2% for a lifetime benefit.   The average teacher pension in Canada is $49,000, while the average teacher pension in the US is now $75,000.   That translates to reveal that a teacher’s average pension is 74% higher than the average salary.   In addition, teachers in 35 states also collect Social Security benefits. In Israel, the average pension for all retirees is roughly $33,000 per year.  The discrepancy is huge!

In essence, the pension system, the US labor unions, are the crux of the education cost problem given the average lifetime for receipt of a pension far exceeds the value of those dollars invested causing the cost of tuition to continually spiral.

The education system begins at the beginning – daycare.

As the cost of daycare continues to implode, the crisis of working parents scrambling to meet the cost while relegating their children to be raised by institutional high schoolers, is a cruel alternative. Free child care is hardly the answer. It will simply become a free-loaders babysitter, and a service that is already indoctrinating your children, will become the Communist agenda.

Retraining parents to have a sense of worth in raising their own children, in having a physical and emotional hand and foot in their elementary education will ultimately curb the cost of social daftness.  Overhauling the entire government pension system will help make US university graduates walk away with considerably less debt.  And a solid parental involvement just might create a healthier intellect, and thus subject their children to grants and scholarships…

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