During the old days, the greatest difference between a military officer and his troops was literacy. Officers could read and many of the enlisted troops couldn’t.
During the old days, a university degree actually meant something when a great percentage of the population was illiterate as well.
Today, the information age has rendered a great percentage of the so-called higher education system as obsolete. Nevada’s university system has lowered it’s standards of education just to keep tuition paying students enrolled. They offer inept degree programs that are not useful in the private sector. Not only that, Nevada’s student population runs up massive student loan debt and then are unemployable.
For decades, the argument was “I was the first child in my family to graduate with a college degree.” Vocational education and shop classes were devalued in favor of liberal arts degrees and massive student loan debt. Today, a Liberal Arts degree can be accessed via a $300 smartphone with voice recognition software.
Employers do not care if you know what Frenchman cut of heads during the French revolution or if you studied ” Ode to a Grecian urn,” and it’s relationship to creative writing. They do care if you can master every aspect of Windows 10, Google chrome and a host of digital architecture programs. They care if one can test a microchip processor in a Tesla battery charging system, run a CNC program, or weld aluminum alloy. They want people that can wire 20 solar panels to a grid tie inverter or program computer robotics to do repetitive tasks. They want folks that can troubleshoot an MRI machine or hook up every manner of health monitoring equipment during a heart operation. They want a competent nurse or a doctor that can repair a ruptured disc or prescribe cardiovascular medicine and type 2 diabetes treatment.
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval is too nice of a guy to tell Nevada’s higher education system to reconsider all it’s low-level educational degrees whose only purpose is to create revenue and burden our children with debt. Students that will possibly default on student loans and then be unable to buy a house or a car. In reality, they will live a life of servitude to an obsolete education system with low standards.
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval is trying to rechannel efforts and retool the Nevada State community college system so they can meet the needs of today’s technology. These new objectives cannot be met by teachers that have little private sector experience in said new technologies. If these new programs are to be successful, Nevada must recruit new talent straight from industry and let them create curriculums that meet the needs of the new day.
Just as India retooled its entire education system to meet the needs of the information age, Nevada must adopt this same model to meet the needs of the new technologies that are leaving California for the free State of Nevada. It is called a paradigm shift and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval is the “Change Agent!”
Instead of a worthless humanities degree, I want to be the first in my family to build a solar house that can charge an electric car that will take me to the grocery store. In lieu of my Social Security check and dismal 401K going to legacy utilities, I want it for steaks and fresh vegetables.
Lastly, soon there will be 80 million boomers on full ride entitlements that cannot change a roof shingle on a house. We must prepare Nevada’s student body for an age where every able bodied legal immigrant will be presented with great opportunity and a front row seat to the American dream. As change agents, and Nevada mentors, we must facilitate and engineer the paths to promise. It is on our shoulders and we will do it!!!.
The future is coming and it is coming fast!!!!
Written by Stephan Andrew Twain Brodhead