For the Longest Time, I have been Speaking & Writing about the Sickness being Inflicted upon our Children by the Industry of Academia. Which Has Become A Hugely Obscene . . . Not For-Profit, But In Reality – A FOR-PROFIT INDUSTRY.
I Don’t have a Great Deal of Time or Patience to Watch Television. But when I do, it’s Usually Tuned to Fox News, for the News Content, with my Television on, just as it’s on Now, as I Write this Editorial with the Sound on Mute.
And every now and then, I will look up from the Keyboard and check the On-Screen Crawl to see if anything is Happening that might be of Interest to me.
But . . . If I’m going to Watch Fox News for Full Content, I‘ll Watch their Network after 8:00pm. But even then, I Prefer to Watch Online Senseless Movies & Stories Based on Truth, or Documentaries.
Last Night (August 30, 2019) . . . Anne was out Doing a Tupperware thing in support of a Girl Friend, and I was Too Tired to get into Watching Online Television, so I Watched Tucker Carlson, and found myself Absorbed in his Conversations (Interviews) Concerning Academia.
So I Watched To The End.
I’ve Told This Story Many Times . . . And I Might Also Have Written About It.
Unlike my Friends, who went to University Full-Time on their Parents’ Dime, and then Borrowed Money on the Canadian Student Loan Program at Reduced Rates of Interest, so they could Finance Back-Pack Trips to Europe, India or Wherever . . . I Worked.
I Also Wanted To Go To University . . . Because during the Late 1960’s – that became the Thing-To-Do. And if you Didn’t go to University, somehow, you just Didn’t Measure-Up to the People who Did.
The Serious Students Took Science or Commerce, both of which Opened Doors to Post Graduate Opportunities, which included Medicine, Engineering, Accounting, Business Management & A Plethora of Needed & Important Professional Spin-Offs.
The Wannabes Took Arts . . . And The Real Schmucks Took Fine Arts.
I WAS PITIFUL IN GEOMETRY & WORSE IN ALGEBRA . . . But in order to get into University, you Needed to have at Least One Credit in Either of these Two Mathematics.
I was NOT a Good Student & Passed my High School Courses by the Skin of my Teeth. In Fact, I Preferred to Work while going to High School, Rather than Going to High School. And as a Result, I Finished High School at Night and on Weekends at Sir George Williams Evening High School for Adults, to Pass one of these Two Mathematics Courses.
At Sir George Williams Evening High School, I had to Pay Cash for each of my Courses. And I needed to Travel from the Far-Off Suburbs where I lived, to Downtown Montreal, where Sir George was Located.
It Was A Sacrifice . . . But I Really Wanted To Get Into University.
Amongst the many Interesting Aspects of Sir George William’s Evening High School, was that a Below Average Student like me, Evolved into a Serious Student, at first because I was Paying to be there, and I got to Pick & Choose what I was going to Study, and to some Extent, which Teacher I wanted who was Giving the Course. And Then . . . Because I Learned The Value Of Learning.
Because this Education was on My Own Time & My Own Dime . . . and the Teachers Didn’t give a Rat’s Ass if I showed-up for their Respective Class or Not, and whether I Passed or Failed – the Teachers didn’t Really Care . . . Not Only Did I For The First Time In My Life Apply Myself to Learning Academically, I took a Bunch of Courses I didn’t Need to Take, and I Passed Algebra & Geometry more Easily than I ever would have Imagined.
Please Bear This In Mind . . . I Went to High School early in the Morning, just until after Noon. And right after the High School-Day, I went to a Five-Day per week Full time Job Selling Men & Boy’s Wear for a Private Retailer known as Debonair. And when that Job wasn’t Paying Enough, I went to Work for a Montreal Retail Chain known as Woolco, which was Equivalent to today’s Target.
And Then I Went To Night School 3-Nights Per Week & On Saturdays.
When I Finished Public High School & Evening Students’ High School, I Graduated with far More Credits than I Needed. And because I Graduated with Credits from Sir George Williams Evening Students Adult Classes, based on my Average Marks, I was Given an Unconditional Entry to Sir George Williams University, which I took Advantage of by Choosing to Enroll in the Night Classes while I Worked during the Day.
I Won’t Go Into The Myriad Of Unpleasant Jobs I Had Before Getting Into Sales. But, while I was doing whatever I had to, to Pay for my Education & Lifestyle, most of my Friends were Busy Touring the World on Student Loan Money, Smoking Dope and Playing Cards in the Student Lounge . . . BUT THEY WERE GOING TO UNIVERSITY – HOORAY . . . HOORAY!
After Two Years Of University, I Quit. I Knew that I was Never Going to be a Neurosurgeon or a Rocket Scientist. Nor an Accountant, an Engineer or any other Profession. And getting a Degree to the Equivalent of Basket Weaving was never going to Happen, as it was Happening to most of my High School Friends.
But what I did know, was that I was a Fine Salesman, Earning more Money on Commissions than my Professors were earning during that Time Period. And I was able to Help out at Home.
All Of My Friends . . . with the Exception of only a Few, Never went-on to Further their Education, and Never used what they were Taught in University, other than to use their Useless Degrees to get a Job, which they needed Training to do, since what University Taught them was Useless, Unless they Wanted to Play Cards, Drink Beer & Sell Dope for a Living.
The Smart Kids Learned Trades, They Didn’t go to University. They Learned how to Build & Fix Things. How to Cook, Manage & Organize. How to Provide Services . . . And How To Buy & Sell.
SMARTY HAD A PARTY . . . And the Kids who went to University for a Useless Degree, of which most did, which led many of my Friends to wind-up working for the Family Business if they were So-Lucky – or took Whatever Job was Available to them, Degree or Not.
Today, not only are Pre-Graduate University Students Not Getting an Education that will Train them for a Real Job, they’re Learning how to Hate & Disparage the Society that has Created the Circumstances which has Given them an Opportunity to be the Best they Can Be.
In Addition . . . Students Are Paying Tens of Thousands Of Dollars To Learn How To Fail. So, when Young Students leave University Without a Useful Post Graduate Degree, all they have to Show for their Time – Is Debt & Despair.
I’ll Discuss This . . . In More Depth In My Forthcoming Podcast – Please Stay Tuned.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov