And this one under the “Only in America’ files….Woman sues college because she can’t find a job after graduating in April. And as she’s feeling the hot breath of her 70K student loans breathing down her neck, she is suing her Alma Mater because “They have not tried hard enough to help me”. Read about it here.
This is so bodacious on so many levels….where do I begin?
I’m resisting the urge to say “Wah, wah” (oops, I said it, didn’t I?) That wouldn’t be very helpful.
I’m reminded of John Taylor Gatto’s observation of our educational system. He contends there is a crisis of irrelevancy; this story underscores it.
This young lady, obviously no dummy to have slogged through four years of college. (Though I realize even that could be up for debate given some twaddle that’s peddled in four-year degree programs.) But the fact that this gal has matriculated through four years of university and doesn’t “get” some fundamental principals of life (one being, the world doesn’t owe you a living, honey) is a travesty.
I feel pity….and fear….when I think of the untold millions that process through the halls of academia thinking the brass ring awaits them after they receive their degrees. The old cow paths of “Get good grades/get a good job” simply doesn’t work anymore. (There’s that irrelevancy thing again.)
And I shudder when I see the increasing numbers of people who dwell in the victim mode. Since when does this school need to give a (warning: strong language coming) tinker’s dam about her career? And 70K in student loan debt?! I have to pause to try to get my mind of the incredible irresponsibility of the loan programs that set such a trap. (Gee, sort of reminds me of the mortgage meltdown.) But that aside, I’m sure no one held a gun to her head when she accepted the loans.
Give me a kid with some horse sense about debt, hard work, self awareness and responsibility and I’ll show you a kid who will wildly succeed–with or without a college education. Sadly, that is becoming harder and harder to find as our country races down the path to socialism with the multitudes screaming, “Take care of me!” and “It’s not MY fault!”
For this gal, I can only hope that someone reaches her with some common sense. And maybe a copy of Dan Miller’s book.