WSJ Article states, “More Students Turning Away from College and Toward Apprenticeship,” reflects a growing trend in the post-high school education market. The “College for All” model of the past century has been eroding for the past few decades as crushing student debt, lack of employment (or employ-ability), and unmarketable degrees have created a host of “BA Baristas” (as on commenter noted).
Our K12 schools are also starting to lean to that trend and provide more trade and trade school preparation as part of the curriculum offerings, and connections with local community colleges for dual-credit programs leading to certification upon graduation from High School.
Today’s High School students must be given an opporunitthe enormous range of choices outside of a university setting.
Check out this very interesting video about the “culture of bunkers” in Switzerland. The journalist, Johnny Harris, goes into the history, the passion, and the current position of Switzerland as a neutral nation – and how bunkers have become an integral part of Swiss culture. Grab a coffee and dig in.
While corporations (see above image) are by far the largest polluters, individuals can help to move the needle toward conservation and reduction of pollution by taking consistent action to avoid contributing to the problem, and encouraging others to join in.
TrashBlitz Austin used volunteers to collect and count trash to come up with a way to reduce the use of plastic in the city of Austin. 70% of the trash picked up consisted of single-use plastic items. One of the outcomes of this effort was the Austin Reuse Coalition with a focus on helping restaurants reduce the use of plastic.
Please do your part to reduce use of plastic, and encourage others to do so, also. If everyone eliminated plastic bottles and plastic bags from their lives, there would be an immediate and visible reduction in pollution. It has to start somewhere – let it start with us.
WARNING – POLITICAL CONTENT AHEAD. Read at your own risk.
I subscribe to Medium to hear from a wide variety of “layperson” voices. There is the occasional thoughtful and insightful writer, and today’s selection is from Chris Newman. This author has several thoughtful articles from an ag perspective and is worth the read.
The author compares the day-to-day commitment of farming with the tourist mentality of WWOOFing (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms).
On the political left, you have people who are “flash in the pan,” who show up to the protests, who blow up social media, and who talk at length about what’s wrong with the right – but they cannot get a cohesive, consistent, and enduring message to stick long enough to effect change. These are the WWOOFers: They have a good message and good hearts, but they can’t seem to maintain any kind of effective organizational structure after the protest. The author suggests that they get no help from the leadership, because the leadership of the left is more concerned with maintaining power than in coordinating forces to effect change.
On the political right, you have people who are committed to the long haul of their conservative cause, and use long-term strategies and deep and consistent involvement to gradually move the needle in their direction. These are the “farmers” of the political world.
We’ve seen this for years – the Obama “Birthers” that Would. Not. Give. Up. on their message – even after President Obama was no longer in office. Now we have the “Election Denier Influencers” who are gaining traction at the grassroots level and bullying local officials into listening to their message. (See: Republicans Push to Recruit Election Deniers as Poll Workers Causes Alarm, from Guardian, and the NPR Podcast for June 30, 2022: Election Denier Influencers). These folks don’t give up, don’t quit, and are intent on moving the needle, even more. They are taking action that produces results. They are not protesting in the streets (well, except for that one time), they are voting in every election, they are recruiting people to run for office, they are attending local government meetings and they Don’t. Give. Up.
The left is appalled, mortified, and probably a little scared at the slow, but steady, forward momentum of the faction of Election Deniers. They should be appalled, mortified, and a lot scared. There is a reason that Trump got into office, and there is a reason that the Election Deniers are gaining momentum, and might have more to do with the method than the message.