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posted by antinomus44

In reply to: More state budget cuts a threat to UGA, higher ed, Adams says »

February 20, 2013

@hack: If I had never gone to college later in life (for me, in my 30s), I would not have the knowledge that I have obtained to let me run my own business. I was fortunate to go back when it was affordable for someone from a working family like mine. That is coming to an end. Maybe that is of no consequence for those who think kids with high school diplomas (that we are devaluing to the point of uselessness) should magically conjure the ability to become engineers, doctors, and businessmen by candlelight. However, the reality is we are setting up a system in which only a select few will even have access to those degrees (never mind if they can competently obtain them) based on accident of birth, not merit and ability. And you better believe the Fortune 500 companies who might want to invest in this state will not take kindly to being told we no longer have the adequate workforce pool to meet their employment needs.

And what will end up happening to those businesses who want to invest in this state (the ones with jobs that pay), knowing we purposely under-educated our population to avoid having a workforce ready for the age we live in? For the companies that even bother to invest, they will be importing those workers from out-of-state and outside of the US. So, from the execs, down to middle management, even the lowly new hires (such is the point we are getting to), the ones making the higher salaries will be out-of-state, while our beloved native Georgians we told to take a hike will be compelled into redundant labor (hoping against hope that they beat the statistical odds). But hey, young people of Georgia--from the folks in this state who don't want to have anything paid for (except their future Medicare and Social Security payments beyond their own FICA contributions), congratulations. You'll be connected!

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