Students meander toward graduation, taking courses that expose them to a little of everything and not much of anything
Once upon a time, when postwar industrial America was in full steam, a young person could leave school with basic skills and get a job that would support a family. That America is no more.
To succeed in today’s fast-changing, knowledge-based economy, young people need more skills than ever before. And the jobs that used to require work boots, a good set of tools, and a steady hand now require advanced math, science, and reading — and, typically, also a certificate or degree beyond a high school diploma.
Business leaders have long known this. But ample evidence suggests that many high schools have yet to fully grasp the reality of these new demands.
If you ever needed more proof that a college education has become a virtual joke, check out the chart below. Higher Education should be renamed Lower Education, since the standards of excellence have been lowered so far, any moron can get a degree. With a large distribution of students, grades should resemble a bell curve. I learned that in my college Stat class. That would mean approximately 15% to 20% A’s.
Shockingly, back in the 1960s & 1970s about 15% to 20% of students got As. Did college students suddenly get super smart over the last 15 years? Based on the chart, we’ve got some real Einsteins out there. The number of A grades has skyrocketed from 30% to 45% in the last fifteen years.
This is a fucking joke. This is the same time period in which every moron who can spell CAT has been able to matriculate into college with the trillions in student loan debt being peddled by Obama and his minions. We know for a fact, based on SAT scores, that at least 50% of kids in college aren’t intellectually capable of succeeding.
So the solution is to dumb down the curriculum and inflate grades because it is only about the money. Kids who flunk out don’t pay tuition. Our entire educational edifice of idiocy is a disaster. Kids graduating with 3.5 GPAs today aren’t half as smart as the kids graduating with 3.5 GPAs in 1980. The lack of intelligence and common sense is evident everywhere you look. The special snowflakes can be coddled and given A’s for doing C work, but that doesn’t make them prepared for the real world.
This country is so screwed and there is no way to unscrew it.
It’s never been easier to get an A in a college class (or more expensive)
Add this to the list of consequences of rising college tuition: Students getting better grades than they deserve.
A’s were the most common grade on college campuses in 2013, accounting for 45% of grades awarded to students, according to an analysis of grade data at more than 80 schools by Stuart Rojstaczer, an independent researcher, and Chris Healy, a computer science professor at Furman University. By contrast, college students were most likely to get C’s leading up to the Vietnam War, accounting for about 35% of grades awarded. The two researchers have been collecting and reporting on grade data for years. Monday’s release marks the latest version of their analysis.
Students at an ultra-liberal Ohio college are in an uproar over the fried chicken, sushi and Vietnamese sandwiches served in the school cafeterias, complaining the dishes are “insensitive” and “culturally inappropriate.”
Gastronomically correct students at Oberlin College — alma mater of Lena Dunham — are filling the school newspaper with complaints and demanding meetings with campus dining officials and even the college president.
General Tso’s chicken was made with steamed chicken instead of fried — which is not authentically Chinese, and simply “weird,” one student bellyached in the Oberlin Review.
Others were up in arms over banh mi Vietnamese sandwiches served with coleslaw instead of pickled vegetables, and on ciabatta bread, rather than the traditional French baguette.
“It was ridiculous,” gripes Diep Nguyen, a freshman who is a Vietnam native.
Worse, the sushi rice was undercooked in a way that was, according to one student, “disrespectful” of her culture. Tomoyo Joshi, a junior from Japan, was highly offended by this flagrant violation of her rice. “I f people not from that heritage take food, modify it and serve it as ‘authentic,’ it is appropriative,” she said.
All the egocentric, fashion conscious, status seeking iMorons who shelled out $400 to $1,000 for a ridiculous iWatch sure look stupid now. It’s a a complete flop. It is ugly. It is bulky. You have to recharge the fucking thing every day. These morons paid hundreds of dollars to go back to a time when you had to wind your wristwatch to keep it going. Here’s some feedback. I’ve seen people with this piece of junk on their wrist. It doesn’t make you cool. You are a laughingstock. You’ve been had. Take off the goofy electronic gadget and put it in a drawer, never to see the light of day again. You thought you were cutting edge. You were just a dumbass dupe who wasted $500. Maxwell Smart and his shoe phone were cooler.
So what we have here is an overpriced “fashion statement” that has crap for battery life, is relatively bulky and doesn’t have its own internal intelligence to do much (it relies on your phone.) The one thing it appears to do well is serve as a workout timer and (provided you don’t mind small storage) a means of music playback to bluetooth headphones. That is a nice capability, but is it worth $350 for one piece of functionality that I currently don’t have and might enjoy?
I think not.
And that, of course, is for the plastic piece-o-crap version. The metal one is some $700 and it gets worse from there.
I have some channel data that suggests sales have been absolutely abysmal. As in basically zip, zero, nada after the first rush of iDiots who just had to buy one sight unseen, with volumes collapsing over the last couple of months.
We’re back from our vacation in Wildwood. I hoped for more relaxation, but it wasn’t to be. I rode my bike most mornings. I walked miles on the boardwalk with my wife and kids. We played the Cape May par 3 golf course. I went deep sea fishing with my youngest son. I made it to the beach twice. We made it to the Shamrock a few times, but we had more fun on the outdoor deck at Westy’s Pub. Watching an 85 year old couple who were barely 4 feet tall dancing like they did in the 1950’s to current pop hits was worth the price of admission. The scene brought a smile to the faces of anyone in the vicinity.
I ate more pieces of white pizza from Mack’s than I can remember.
How I resisted getting more than one cup of peanut butter ice cream with chocolate jimmies at Kohr’s, I’ll never know.
We saw two outstanding displays of fireworks while we were there. The weekly fireworks are launched on the beach at my street, so we just need to go to the top deck or stand in the street to see the colorful display. The wind was blowing from the ocean, so the debris and ash floated onto our deck.
The absurdity and ridiculousness of our keepers gets worse by the day. If they aren’t macing or shooting innocent people, they are blowing up the cars of citizens trying to make a living selling food. Then they arrest you, even though the first responder heroes have proven to be nothing more than keystone cop jokes. And the sheep just stand idly by and thank these glorious copfuks for protecting us from evil food truck terrorists. What a nation of pussies we’ve become, cowering and fearful of our own shadows. What a pitiful display.
One person was arrested Sunday evening after a bomb squad detonated a pressure cooker that was found in a vehicle near the U.S. Capitol building.
U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman Lt. Kimberly Schneider said in a statement that Israel Shimeles of Alexandria, Va. was arrested and charged with “operating after revocation”. She did not elaborate on the nature of the charge.
The bomb squad was called because there was a pressure cooker and, apparently, a propane tank in the car. They destroyed the windows of the vehicle, extracted the evil pressure cooker and found that it contained….. nothing.
Oh, and before blowing it up they managed to check into the ownership and it apparently belonged to a food truck vendor for the rather ordinary use of cooking food; said trucks are pretty common around the downtown DC area (I’ve had a bite from one in the past.)
But, having decided that irrespective of the owner’s story checking out as valid they blew it up anyway, they did serious damage to the vehicle and they arrested the owner for “operating after revocation” despite the fact that the car was parked; in other words, nobody was operating anything.
Look, I get it — terrorists have used pressure cookers as bombs, specifically in Boston. But before blowing this one up they found the owner, checked it (and him) out, and discovered that he had a perfectly legitimate reason to have a pressure cooker. Why not simply ask him to open it up at a reasonably safe place instead of blowing it up?
I’ll tell you why — then the “Rambo” boys in blue costumes would be all sheepish, would have had to apologize (and perhaps pay for the windows they broke in his car) and they wouldn’t have gotten to play with their explosives yesterday. Never mind the obvious risk that could have been avoided and transferred to the owner alone if they had simply asked him to open it in a safe place — if there was a bomb in there he would have been the only one blown to bits.
As for the “arrest” isn’t it interesting how suddenly after you destroy private property for what turns out to be no valid reason you have to search and search and search until you can find something to hang on the guy, even though he wasn’t driving when you encountered him?
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This is pretty conclusive proof the country is racist. Case closed. Wal-Mart actually hires morons like this woman. I think she is definitely management material.This is your average Obama/Hillary voter.
These polls crack me up. They prove how delusional and stupid the average American truly is. Americans are the most confident people on earth. Too bad they are also the most egotistical, clueless, and math challenged people on earth. The poll below shows that 58% of Americans are either very or somewhat confident about their retirement. A full 75% of them think they’ll have enough to take care of basic expenses and 56% think they’ll have enough for medical expenses. The average American is an imbecile if they think they are in good shape.
Here are the facts. The median retirement balance of all households is $3,000. The median retirement balance of 45 to 64 year old households is $11,000. But still, the delusional morons in this country are confident about their retirements.
Here is some basic math for these people. If we even use $100,000 as the starting retirement account of a newly retired 65 year old, the rule of thumb is that you can’t spend more than 4% of the balance per year in retirement. That’s $4,000. The average Social Security payment is $13,000 per year. Are these blithering idiots really CONFIDENT they will be able to pay basic and medical expenses on $17,000 per year? REALLY???
I’m 100% confident the majority of Americans are truly fucked and will beg for the government to save them. I’m also 100% confident this entire edifice of debt is going to collapse under the weight of delusion, stupidity and false confidence.Carlin was absolutely right.
“Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.”
A survey conducted by the Employee Benefit Research Institute has found that the percentage of Americans confident of a financially comfortable retirement is increasing. 22 percent of respondents said they were very confident about the financial aspects of life after work while 36 percent were somewhat confident.
Looking closer at certain elements of retirement, 37 percent of Americans feel very confident that they will have enough money to take care of their basic expenses. However, when it comes to taking care of medical expenses and paying for long-term care, this number fell. Just 18 percent of people are very confident of being able to handle their medical expenses while even fewer, 14 percent, feel confident about paying long-term care bills, should they need to.
Obamacare is the biggest government clusterfuck in history. It is proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that anything the government touches or tries to control turns into a big steaming pile of shit that will cost trillions of dollars. Their shit for brains website is still a disaster. Obama changes the law as he goes. Like most of Obama’s initiatives, they are making it up as they go along. This was about as well thought out as Nancy Pelosi’s plastic surgeries.
They announced earlier today that they are extending the sign up period to April 15. Deadlines are meaningless. We are now about to experience the massive losses from the fraud that has occurred in the last year. Billions in subsidies have been paid out in error or due to fraud. How much do you think will be paid back by the Free Shit Army brigades? How long before Obama issues a proclamation telling the IRS to not enforce the penalties or to try and collect the fraudulent subsidies paid out?
And amazingly, most of the ignorant masses think Obamacare is a wonderful new program and is helping millions of poo people. Luckily the iGadget addicted, math challenged masses don’t remember that Obamacare was going to cover the 30 million uninsured Americans, not add one dime to the national debt, and save the average family $2,500 per year in insurance premiums. How are those promises working out?
Wrong tax information sent to 800,000 HealthCare.gov customers
By Robert Schroeder
Published: Feb 20, 2015 12:12 p.m. ET
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — About 800,000 HealthCare.gov customers got tax forms from the government with incorrect information, a Treasury Department spokesperson said Friday. The errors were on 1095-A forms that HealthCare.gov sent to consumers who get coverage through the federal insurance marketplace. Treasury said those who have not filed taxes should wait to do so until they have received a corrected form. Treasury said corrected forms will go out in early March.
We already have millions of morons taking up space in colleges across the country who can’t read at a 7th grade level because Obama has doled out $1.2 trillion of student loans, 50% of which will never be repaid, and his solution is to spend hundreds of billions more to allow the even more stupid to attend some 3rd rate community college where they can major in African Studies or the History of Lesbians in America. And you get to pay for it. The Republicans don’t want to alienate the stupid vote, so they’ll increase the cost of this legislation and pass it right away. We should give each community college graduate a free FHA loan so they can live the American dream of owning a house without saving to pay for it. Amurika. Ain’t it great?
With the number of college graduates working minimum wage jobs nearly 71% higher than it was a decade ago, and the average graduate leaving college with $29,400 in debt (crushing their hopes of leveraging up to buy that American Dream-creating house), President Obama has unleashed a double whammy of ideas in the last few days. Reducing mortgage insurance and cutting down-payment restrictions for FHA loans (i.e. providing huge leverage to segments of society to repeat the mistakes of the last housing bubble); and now, as The LA Times reports,President Obama says he is rolling out a plan to make two years of community college free, or nearly so, to every student across the country. Because it’s “fair”?