College Can’t Fix Stupid.

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Stupid is as Stupid Does.This week I have been up to my knees in a thick grotesque murky liquid that I like to call… stupid.

Not students. Or teachers. Or staff members. Or parents. Not anyone associated with our school district.

Outsiders.

People with college educations. People that every district has to put their faith in when doing a project that needs expertise and guidance that we don’t have.

When first meeting people, I am usually hoping they are very bright and are on top of their professions. And therefore if we hire them, they will be on top of our issues. Lately, I have been wrong.

Schools all over the country have to count on many different types of people to help them with all kinds of different situations.

Examples are almost endless but schools often contract outsiders to work with breakfast and lunch programs, audits, outside janitorial services, construction projects, grounds-keeping, snow removal, legal advice, etc.

You would think these educated people would be of upmost help. In too many cases, this isn’t true.

The one thing all of these people have in common is the ability to point to college degrees on their office walls.

The problem is that colleges can’t fix stupid and they don’t give out degrees in common sense.

There are questions that need to be answered. And no, it is not can I get a restraining order to keep all stupid people at least 150 feet away from me? (I already asked and the Judge said no)

The questions:

• Why, as educators, do we continue to believe that college is the answer for all our students?
• Why can’t we be more open minded about students taking vocational classes or focusing on getting training in a trade?
• Why are we so insistent that all students go down the same path? The college path.

Lately, I have found people who “work” for a living to be a lot “smarter” than those with a college education. Maybe a big dose of common sense is ultimately worth more than a master’s degree (and I have heard it costs quite a bit less).

I have never really cared if my plumber, bricklayer, or carpenter scored well on the ACT test. It doesn’t matter to me if they have the skills to write a term paper, can recite all of the state capitals, diagram a sentence, or have an A on their transcripts in Chemistry II.

What is important is that they are trustworthy, have common sense, and have a good understanding of their job.

That is worth far more than a college degree.

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6 Responses to “College Can’t Fix Stupid.”


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  4. Zach Lindsay
    on Dec 6th, 2009
    @ 6:03 am

    Stupid is as Stupid does.


  5. Wesley
    on Jun 10th, 2011
    @ 4:36 pm

    You rock! Great blog.


  6. ztech
    on Sep 1st, 2013
    @ 10:50 pm

    The ‘stupid people can have degrees’ view, is one that many people who haven’t attended college tend to support. Even the hardest workers, will not be able to obtain a (legitimate) college degree, without some reasonable level of intelligence. Based off statistics anyone who can get an associate degree, will generally have to have a ‘normal’ level of intelligence. An attainment of a bachelors degree (through any point in a lifetime) practically guarantees that the person has between an average to 75 percentile level of intelligence. The average college entrant has a 108 IQ, and graduate 110. The notion of the ‘educated fool’ is a myth.

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