heard something this morning that disturbed me.
doing assorted things after waking up, I generally have the television
on. Even though I might not be watching it, I listen as I iron
clothes, make breakfast, and so on. Nice way to catch up on the
news, weather, and assorted stuff.
one of the features included an interview with a person that,
quite energetically, claimed that the problem with this year’s
presidential election process was that one of the candidates was
benefitting from the ignorance of those without a college education.
a few things I need to point out before we even attempt to move
any further in this…
up… I am college educated. I have one degree, and I’ve taken a
variety of courses at several colleges while earning and after
earning that degree.
I have heard the education concept before, in fact even during
this 2016 election cycle. I’ve also heard men/women, old/young,
married/single, red/blue, north/south, east/west, and all sorts
of other possible dividing lines and polling numbers that supposedly
make some sort of sense out of what is happening. (Usually while
blowing a lot of smoke and hot air without any real content.)
What set me off this morning was the strength of the person’s
convictions… and honestly, what I saw as this individual’s ignorance.
And yet, I don’t want to point fingers directly, so I am not going
to share the specific channel that was playing when I heard this
report. It’s the claim and the passion that matters, both of which
I think you can easily believe already or find examples on your
own without needing this one report.
those items set in place as the foundation, let’s get back to
the general concept that led me to the keyboard…
main message passed along to me by this individual was that the
person was absolutely convinced that the majority of support for
one candidate was because: (1) most of this candidate’s supporters
didn’t have a college degree, and, (2) since they didn’t have
a college degree this person was declaring they were stupid.
that just ticked me off.
I am a believer in idea of attending college and pursuing a degree.
I like the combination of education, experience, and opportunity
that a post-secondary effort provides. Simply put, I believe that
people can benefit from a college education.
that should not be read as some sort of blind, all-encompassing,
no exceptions, this should be recognized as the best path everyone
should strive to follow endorsement in favor of college educations.
Because it’s not.
are thousands upon hundreds of thousands upon millions and more
people with brilliant, outstanding, fulfilling personal and professional
lives that never attended (or even wanted to attend) a single
college class. And a little secret… a couple of them are really
last line was sarcasm… it’s not a couple… A LOT of them
are really smart. They’re intelligent and happy and making all
sorts of terrific decisions. They’re contributing to their communities
and making all of our lives better.)
are also an incredible number of people with college degrees…
heck, plenty of them with advanced college degrees… that I have
witnessed making some of the most mindboggling idiotic blunders
and decisions one could imagine.
in the simplest of terms…
is not automatic, and as such person plus college education does
not equal smart.
we can say is that a college degree is not necessary for people
to be intelligent with sound decision-making abilities.
are a ton of things going on with this year’s election that have
me shaking my head. And I know I am not alone. One the things
I am not seeing taking place is a college education or a lack
of one leading people to making sound decisions or bad decisions.
I sincerely hope is that as the election draws near, everyone
eligible to vote will take some time to check out the candidates
and truly evaluate what is important them. (And that type of effort,
care and decision making does not require years of school.)