In 1961, President Dwight Eisenhower warned the country about the “military-industrial complex.” Today, it needs to be more concerned about the academe-academic complex.
What is that complex? It is the back-rubbing relationship between the administrators in most of America’s higher education institutions and the blind Greek chorus of educators on their faculties. Together, they have perpetrated the myth that a college degree will provide career security in today’s turbulent global economy.
Here’s how one representatives of the complex put it just last week. “College and career skills are the same,” opined Ken Wagner, the New York State associate commissioner of education for curriculum.
If that’s so, why are legions of recent graduates moving back in with Mom and Dad because they can’t find work? And, why did an Associated Press study released last year find that over half of bachelor degree-holders under the age of 25 – an astonishing 53.6 percent of recent college graduates – were either jobless or underemployed?
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