Universities, as the late philosopher Roger Scruton observed, are where the froth and scum of society tends to accumulate and we need to be looking at ways to gut them. In COVID-19 not all bad news the Politically Incorrect Australian points to the possible silver lining in the Coronadoom madness, that
In Australia universities are closing campuses and laying off thousands of staff.
Great news if true, and as he points out
A university education is only beneficial for a very small proportion of the population, probably 10% at most. For anyone else it is not merely useless but actively harmful. Our universities are churning out immense numbers of graduates, most of whom we simply don’t need. There is nothing more dangerous to a society than excess university graduates. They become a serious social problem. They swell the ranks of political activism and are a threat to the very survival of our civilisation.
A proactive idea to speed up the process of a very major and hopefully permanently debilitating “correction” in the higher education sector:
Have two levels (maybe three) of the minimum wage:
- the current one, about $19 for most (lower end) jobs
- a secondary level for any job where the employer specifies that a degree is required
This secondary minimum should at the least be $25 per hour, or even better, $30. It applies to any job that requires an at least three year degree; one or two year courses, like TAFE courses, are excluded (or possibly there could be three levels of the minimum wage, with TAFE course certificates at the middle rung, but that’s just complicating things).
In any case with this policy in place watch the employers en masse drop the requirement for a university degree for a great swathe of advertised vacancies. Because in reality there are many jobs for which a university degree is currently required but is not actually necessary, as most things can be learnt on the job, they do not really necessitate a person to waste three years of their lives learning theoretical and largely useless knowledge, prolonging their adolescence and getting into major debt (debt that they will be paying back when they have a mortgage and young children, an extra financial stress leading to more family breakdowns with all the deleterious societal knock on effects that family breakdown entails).
To spell it out: if the employers don’t insist on the degree, the demand for the degree craters. Insufferable credentialist studycunt women and malevolent flabby bone idle academics hardest hit.
In America, college degrees are required by employers to some extent as a form of sorting the wheat from the chaff, because employers are not allowed to administer IQ tests to applicants, as IQ tests are racist (disparate impact); Australian employers are not under these restrictions and can administer any pre-employment tests they like.