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there are plenty of people who graduate from college and can't find jobs.

Posted by: Jason ( USA ) on January 24, 19100 at 09:52:11:

In Reply to: No reason to expect that the college educated would endorse job rotation posted by Barry Stoller on December 16, 1999 at 10:53:37:

: Only 23% of the American population receive education at a Bachelor's level or above (Statistical Abstract of the United States 1996, table 243, p. 160).

: Only 22.4% of the American population have internet access (Statistical Abstract of the United States 1998, table 916, p. 573).

: Are these two groups the same?

I would imagine the percentage of Americans with Internet access, like the percentage of households with computers, is increasing faster than the percentage of Bachelor's degree holders.

: It is apparent that MOST of you on this debate board are college-educated individuals who (by virtue of your education) either have or anticipate positions of skilled work---and double the wages of workers without college education (Statistical Abstract of the United States 1996, table 711, p. 462)---in the near future. It is obvious that your education will EXEMPT you from unskilled work.

It certainly isn't fair for those who have no desire to learn to earn nearly as much as those who are more educated. If I could earn a decent living without spending four or five years in college, the motivation for earning a college education would almost disappear. Of course, nobody said college educated people are exempt from unskilled labor... there are plenty of people who graduate from college and can't find jobs.

: I submit this is why my proposals to abolish the social division of labor and to equalize incomes have been met with such virulent opposition.

I'm sure your plan sounds great to those who would sit on the couch at home and watch football games all day... they'd be making a great living being lazy. Some of us actually have aspirations though. What is college worth an engineer who slaves through five years of classes (fall, spring, and summer) to graduate and find him or herself barely earning more than the average population?

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