Will your second-grader get a job?

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  • John C. C. Payson, UT
    April 10, 2013 2:07 p.m.

    No. Instead ask, "Will your 2nd grader create jobs?" Schools are not just assembly lines churning out engineers for corporate factories. They also teach liberal arts and the humanities, creating an educated citizenry able to lead, understand the news, and be the innovators for the next century. We need educated parents, leaders, and voters. We need both engineers and visionaries.

    This writer probably has not recognized the biggest obstacle to a good education in the U.S.--poverty, and a growing class divide. Modern conservatives blame the poor for their poverty. So-called "saints" demonize charity and idolize millionaires.

    It all began 40 years ago when Reagan aggressively cut education spending in California and continued the pattern as President, slashing federal funding and encouraging states to follow suit. He said that government should not “subsidize of intellectual curiosity.” He attacked teacher certification, pushed school vouchers, and painted a big target on teachers’ backs.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    April 10, 2013 11:35 a.m.

    If he's a second grader in Utah, good luck to him. He's in a classroom of 35 kids and his performance scores are mediocre. If he lived in CN, his class would have 15 kids and his scores would be higher than those of the kids in Singapore and Finland who are supposedly the best in the world. Our Utah second grader starts life with a serious millstone around his neck--the Utah Legislature.

  • Ford DeTreese Provo, UT
    April 10, 2013 9:46 a.m.

    Thanks, JoeBlow, for a little perspective. I must be like your kid. I didn't seriously think about a career until after I had a master's degree. Somehow I managed to earn a living and put some money away for retirement. And I had lots of fun in second grade.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    April 10, 2013 8:51 a.m.

    based on the last 40 years of Corporate out-sourcing, off-shoring and investing everything they've got into Communist China --

    that America's 2nd graders today will be working in sweatshops making cheap inexpensive stuff for the ruling Middle Class Communists in China.

    The rich will keep getting richer, and the poor will keep getting poorer.

    A virtual GOP dream come true.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    April 10, 2013 8:18 a.m.

    some one will be taking care of you all the time until the moment you start taking care of someone. But I guess it's like Cracker Jacks. Some kids never grow up.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    April 10, 2013 7:52 a.m.

    "Will your second-grader get a job?"

    I have been asking him that since he was in first grade. He keeps telling me that he has homework and wants to play with his friends.

    Just another lazy 47% er living off of ME.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    April 10, 2013 7:33 a.m.

    What a bunch of silly rhetoric.

    The funniest thing is the example the author gives - travel agents. Travel agents didn't go out of business because of any of the factors the author cites - like takes and regulation. They died because big, old, intrenched companies had the capital to develop new methods of doing business. It was the old companies that changed how we travel, not new little home spun innovators. Yes, some of those provided some technology, but the Orbitz's and Expedia's of the world are owned by the big travel conglomerates.

    "Trying to preserve the status quo by bailing out failing industries looks good on the surface."

    Here is other place the author gets it wrong. The biggest single source of job loss has not been done through innovations. "truck driver" is still the single largest job category in this nation. It's the off shoring of jobs - manufacturing - that has caused the single greatest loss of jobs.

    I am a strong advocate for innovation. It is the industry in which I live. Right now we are working on re-engineering the Oil and Gas industry. But what the other claims is just wrong.