Make Minds, Not Careers

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Education was always critical to the forming of minds and the expansion of thought and imagination; however, education in America has long been supported as a cheap way to fill the necessary jobs in the corporate world. We’re all probably aware that college sports is a cost-effective way to train and filter the talent necessary to populate the lucrative world of professional sports, but as obvious as that seems, it is no different than getting students to pay for the education they need to get a good job. Imagine if corporate America had to fund the needed education of all its potential employees. Then twist your imagination a bit more and consider that the corporations pay for their own roads and their own airports and their own waste disposal.

Let’s face it, corporations have already figured out a way to pass a great deal of their costs of doing business on to the American taxpayer.

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It is a common conservative complaint but I too might similarly insist that since I don’t bank at Chase-Manhattan, why should I have to pay for the roads and streets that lead to the Chase-Manhattan banks?

I guess success in the corporate world is based on how much welfare a business can grab from the taxpayers. You might even consider that taxation without representation.

In the corporate world it is common for a business to streamline operations and save money by getting their suppliers or other businesses to foot the bill. Often, as we’ve seen, that other business is the government. But this means if they run the government like a business, they might be flipping the traditional relationship between business and government and now Washington might be moving into a position where the needs of the government, like funding a standing army, will be delegated to the corporations.

Wait, isn’t that somewhat similar to Feudalism?

You Can Be Motivated By Other Than Money?

This article by Anya Skarova, appeared first in The Conversation and was reprinted in Truthout. We can add it to the discussion of the uses of education in the United States. It is titled:

Arts Students Are Motivated More by Love of Subject Than Money or Future Careers

art studentScience and engineering subjects are often presented as better career choices for students than the arts or humanities. Nicky Morgan, the education secretary, recently said that STEM subjects – sciences, technology, engineering and maths – unlock doors to all sorts of careers and that pupils who study maths to A Level earn 10% more over their lifetime.

Previous research has shown that there are actually lots of factors including ability, personality, motivation as well as family and educational background which impact on what undergraduate degree people take and their ongoing career success. And our new research has shown that the importance of the different types of motivation varies depending on the subject a student chooses.

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