Dear Diary,

I am have a so so day. Which is interesting since I got up late enough to just see Kat just come online.

Let’s see, the email I’ve gotten today. Hrmm, this looks interesting, and email from a girl I don’t know. … Oh wait, its from e.emily@uo.com. She want’s me to play Ultima Online again. Well sorry, I’ve done that before, y’all screwed up the system, and no more for me.

Hrmm, what’s this, and email from HomesickAlien. Ahh! he gives my music his stamp of approval! Yay! How happy am I now.

Hrmm. I was reading Entropy Heals today and she had a good entry about how much school sucks. I’m forced to agree with her on this.

I graduated high school, yes, but I never went to college. Which I think is how it should be. Unless you are going to be a doctor or a lawyer, there is no reason really for a high school education in this world. If you don’t know your stuff by the time you are in high school, chances are you won’t.

Everything in school up to about 6th grade is ok. But 6th grade is where they start feeding you the propaganda. “Get ready for college, everything you do from here on out is what counts.” They make every grade sound like it’s life or death. If you don’t keep your grades up in middle school, you’ll get dropped out of your advanced programs, and then you won’t get to be in them in high school, and then if you aren’t in them in high school, you sure as hell won’t get into college! At least that’s what they are saying.

Let me tell you a little secret. It all goes back to 1973 in a court decision called Roe v Wade.

Short interlude: I was just reminded by my idol and object of worship Kat that I am to be sure not to forget to praise her name throughout this entry. End short interlude.

Okay, so Mr. Rizzn, what the heck does Roe v Wade have to do with anything. Don’t worry, I’m not going to go off and spark an abortion debate or anything, just going to state some facts.

1973 is when the Roe v Wade decision made abortion legal. In 1972, around 15% of all births for the year were aborted (and legally — I don’t know what constituted a legal abortion back then, but that’s just what government statistics say). When abortions were made legal, in excess of 1/3rd of all babies that were to be born were aborted.

Stats come from Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Vol. 43, No.50 of December 23, 1994 published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

What does this have to do with education?

With one third less competition, in 1991, 18 years after Roe v. Wade college enrollement dropped dramatically. Really, I’m serious, they did. It was in the news at the time, and this was a time I was still paying attention to news. (don’t ask, I was a twisted little kid — now I try to avoid the news as much as possible). I remember listening to the radio some time around the end of 1990 and hearing about them talking about the predicted decrease in projected enrollment in college. And it came true.

Ever since 1991, they’ve been making it easier and easier to get into college. They added a curve to the SAT test where if you can print your name correctly on the form you get 600 points. You think I’m joking but I’m not, Crackbaby will back me up on that, that’s been something we’ve laughed about for ages.

Up until about 1996 or so, colleges were lowering their requirements to get in, and then in 1997 they started raising them again, due to public outcry — basically smart kids who had been brainwashed that they needed college were pissed off because stupid kids were getting scholarships and that they were competing for. I stopped tracking things about colleges after I lost interest in them and knew for a fact I was not going to go to one by choice. I’m not sure what current trends are in that area.

By now, I’m sure colleges have adapted their enrollment processes to account for one third less enrollment than a decade ago. But as our population gets bigger and bigger, stats indicated that one third ratio stays constant (sometimes more, never less), and one third continues to grow as a larger and larger portion of American children. Meaning as time goes on, colleges are going to have to continue to lower their standards to get warm bodies in, or create ‘adult education’ programs to grab all those people who missed it the first time around.

But what it boils down to is do you need a piece of paper to do what you want to do for a living? If you are going to be a shrink like my dad, you need that piece of paper. So you go to school for a pointless 4-8 years, and you get your piece of paper.

Are you going to be a doctor? Okay, you go and get your piece of paper. Congrats, you can now legally slice and dice on people.

Lawyer? Go back to the hole, stay there for a few years, go to the bar, grab a drink, take your exam, go rip people off. It’s what you do, revel in it.

Other than that? What do you need an education for? Nothing! ESPECIALLY the IT/IS industry.

For instance, at this new job I’m going to be going to — I’m going to be making exactly half of what my dad was making about 10 years ago and supporting a family of four on and living in a nice middle class neighborhood.

I slept thru high school, and I didn’t go to college. I just played on my computer, and now I’m making money playing on other people’s computers.

This is how it works folks. Turn your hobby into a profession, and make money at it. This is what America is really about. Not going to school, working within the system, being brainwashed, being a little government manipulated peon for the rest of your life.

I think that this entry has rambled quite a bit, but hopefully it has made it’s point. If it had one.

Hrmm. How about we settle for a minute of quiet pondering of what I said, and draw your own conclusions? Will that work? Okay 30 seconds, we don’t want to over do it.

*grin*

Okay Thanks, I knew you’d see it my way. Take it sleazy y’all I’m out this biatch.

/rizzn

Quote of the Entry: “Many of you think “Hmmmm…did Uncle Bob attack his wife’s crotch with a cigarette lighter??””

– uncle bob