THE 1960’S WERE THE PRECURSOR TO THE SICKNESS OF UNIVERSITY ACADEMIA:
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.
I PREFER TO READ & LISTEN . . . MORE-SO THAN TO WATCH:
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.
MY PARENTS COULDN’T AFFORD IT & I WASN’T GOING TO BORROW MONEY:
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.
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED TO ME ON THE WAY TO LEARNING:
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.
I GRADUATED IN SPITE OF GOVERNMENT FUNDED ACADEMIA:
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 . . . IT’S MUCH WORSE!
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