Sad: American Millennials Are Highly Educated But Unskilled

A new study from Princeton University concludes Millennials are highly educated but highly unskilled in the modern day.

My dad, who is a general contractor, recently lamented how hard it is to find guys around my age to hire as workers for his construction business. Most want to make a lot of money doing minimal work. Others can’t handle manual labor and refuse to get their hands dirty. As a result, vocational trades lag behind and our economy subsequently suffers. This is a troubling trend in other industries, as well. Many Millennials -regardless of gender – can’t comprehend an honest day’s work. They want instant gratification or a quick buck.

What best explains this? There’s this ridiculous expectation that a college degree will buy one success and happiness. (That’s patently false!) The quality of higher education – depending upon the university one graduates from – varies and is generally mediocre today compared to prior decades. (Sorry to burst anyone’s bubble, but a degree in Feminist/Gender Studies has a poor return on investment (ROI) and isn’t a marketable area of concentration.) With this inherent expectation that everyone must go to college, the higher education bubble is slated to burst. Millennials are graduating with mountains of debt and limited-to-no job prospects in sight. Opportunities to bask in prosperity are becoming increasingly dismal.

Having graduated with a B.A. from a reputable university in California, I can personally say that a college degree essentially is a piece of paper. Admittedly, I had the distinct pleasure of attending UCSD- an opportunity many still kill for today. (I earned my place there; I worked very hard in high school to get in there.) I made some great friends, graduated from a top political science program, learned a lot, and got my start in politics through campus activism there. That is a chapter in my life that I will always cherish. However, if having a college degree weren’t a prerequisite for getting a job today, I may have reconsidered college. Studying political science primarily comprised of theory rather than real-world application. If it weren’t for spending numerous hours volunteering or working part-time jobs/internships centered around conservative politics during college, I wouldn’t be where I am today. If you have a college degree but no work experience, prospective employers will glance over your application and not give any thought to hiring you. Yes, a college degree will set you apart from others – but if you can’t work hard or challenge yourself, the real world will work against you. Employers still care about quality work. If Millennials think waving a college degree in an employer’s’ face will compel them to hire them, they’re wrong.

Can our country have a highly educated populace AND a highly-skilled populace? I’d argue yes. (This is how we historically stood out from the rest of the world!) I’d also like to pose that education is a subjective term. One can be educated in a classroom or on a construction site; on a farm or in a factory; on the battlefield or on a base; in a family business or independent of the government, etc. There are many ways to be educated beyond a classroom!

It’s disheartening a real conversation on choice in education has yet to take place…

Crossposted from Facebook.

New Counter Cultured Article: Support School Choice Over #FreeEducation

I have a new article up at Counter Cultured today called “Support School Choice, Not ‘Free’ Education” about school choice. Below is an excerpt:

Education is in dire need of serious reform and overhaul.

As our government continues to grow in its size and scope, our quality of education subsequently plummets. Big government initiatives such as Common Core, “Free Community College“, and student loan forgiveness – among many things – have plunged the U.S. further into obsolescence as a leader in education. More importantly, the propaganda that passes for learning material today promotes obedience to government and hatred for our country’s founding principles.

Some have argued that more government interference in education policy will make it more affordable, accessible, and even “free.” Quite the contrary. More government involvement in our lives always leads to more problems.

If we desire to reform education, it’s imperative to support reforms such as school choice over gimmicks like “free community college.”

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

Smart Girls Are Armed, Conservative, and Fabulous: My “Youth in Action” Interview

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Teen conservative and Smart Girl Politics activist Bethany Bowra (@bethanybowra) interviewed me for the latest installment of Smart Girl Politics’ “Youth in Action” series profiling young conservative female activists. Those of you who know me are familiar with my hold-no-prisoners approach to conservative politics, anti-Communist tendencies, and desire to lure in more young people to our movement.

I hope my thoughts and sentiments in this interview inspire other freedom-loving youngsters to speak out and reject collectivism. Without a doubt, we must encourage more young conservatives…especially young conservative females.

Enjoy!

While Planned Parenthood and Democrat women in Congress claim to speak for all women, these young women have something to say about that. Contrary to popular belief, those groups do not speak for all young women— many young women my age have views that are quite the opposite. Below is my interview with conservative activist, Gabriella Hoffman!

Why did you get involved in politics?

I got involved in conservative politics because of my parents. My mother and my father are Lithuanian immigrants who escaped from Soviet communism 27 years ago. The Left’s policies remind them too much of the Old Country, so conservatism came naturally to them. Their stories and perspective on life really brought me to conservatism. Both sides of my family suffered immensely in the former Soviet Union. I’m in this fight to honor their memories and remind people that freedom must be safeguarded for future generations to come.

How did you get involved?

In 2006 when I was 15, I started writing a column in a local Orange County, CA community paper, The Coto Voice, called “Teen Beat.” I maintained this column for three years. I primarily focused on topics ranging from volunteering in high school to upholding traditional values. After I graduated from high school and moved onto college, I began to write about politics for The California Review, the conservative paper at UC-San Diego. From there, I went onto running a YAF chapter and hosting David Horowitz on campus- an event which landed on national news. After the event garnered a lot of attention, I started working for The Rick Amato Show as an Executive Assistant and landed a coveted role at Eagle Forum of San Diego as the Director of Youth Outreach.  I also started blogging for various websites and publications.

What issues have you been focused on since you became active?

I’m a firm believer in sound conservatism (social and fiscal conservatism), and I also believe in strong national defense. During my time at UC-San Diego, I heavily focused on support for Israel (I have family there and support a healthy U.S.-Israel relationship) and exposing militant leftists on campus. I also exposed radical feminism and openly condemned the Vagina Monologues. Now, I concentrate on a plethora of issues ranging from traditional values to Israel advocacy to media/leftist/campus bias to free enterprise.

Continue reading at Smart Girl Politics Action.

In America, Teacher Suppresses Conservative Student’s Views!

If you have attended public school in America, you know very well what goes on in classrooms. (I will recap my time in public school from K to 12 and college after I graduate.)

This video recently surfaced, and it’s rather telling of indoctrination in the classroom.

From Chicks on the Right:

A heated conversation took place in a North Carolina high school. The social studies teacher in the classroom was OUT OF CONTROL and screaming at her students, because they asked the question, “Hey – didn’t Obama admit to bullying someone in school too?” (Apparently, the conversation started about that over-hyped, completely irrelevant story of Mitt Romney bullying someone like a billion years ago.)

The teacher simply WOULD NOT HAVE anyone in her classroom suggest that Obama is anything other than a total saint. And she claimed that people were arrested for saying bad things about President Bush (who, by the way, she called “sh*tty. TO HER STUDENTS.)

There are two things that struck me about this video. The first and obvious thing is that this teacher is a complete idiot who is unable to control her emotions or say anything remotely factual. But secondly, even though the kid in this video is absolutely right, I’m amazed that this is how a classroom operates. There’s yelling, cussing, interrupting – on both sides. When I was in school, kids simply didn’t behave this way, because we were taught to respect our teachers and stay quiet and follow the rules, etc. Granted, this teacher is an idiot and probably one of the least deserving people of respect EVER. But WOW – I’m just blown away that this is how ANY classroom functions now.

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Eagle Forum Collegians Summit – July 19-20, 2012 – Washington, DC

Conservative in college? Want to hear from movers and shakers? Attend Eagle Forum’s Collegian Summit in Washington, DC this July 19-20, 2012.

I highly suggest you attend this conference. I had the honor of being one of ten youth panelists at last year’s summit. I got to hear Paul Ryan, Allen West, and many other remarkable speakers. I also got to meet other like-minded college kids and see some old friends.

If you’re looking for a great networking opportunity in an intimate setting, this event is for you!

Here’s the promo video:

Also, here are Allen West’s thoughts on college conservatives:

 

Register for the event here. Students in the DC metro area can attend the event for free. Those residing outside of the DC metro area can apply for scholarships here.

 

Stand for Greater Choice in Education: National School Choice Week – January 22-28, 2012

This January marks the 2nd Annual National School Choice Week. Organizations, educators, activists, politicians, and parents are coming together to stand up for better education. This week-long event will take place from January 22-28, 2012.

Given the corrupt nature of teachers unions and the lack of attention allotted to student needs in schools, it is imperative to encourage more school choice legislation and programs all across the nation.

Below is a promo ad for the event.

Here is more information from NSCW’s Andrew Campanella :

Here are three things you can do right now to help make National School Choice Week 2012 a huge success:

  1. Find an event near you to attend or support. Check our events listing daily – new events are being posted all the time.
  2. Better yet, plan your own event! We have all types of resources on our website to help you get started including free documentaries to host a screening and discussion as well as an Event-in-a-Box to help brand your event.
  3. Spread the word about National School Choice Week to your family, friends co-workers and neighbors by forwarding this email or writing your own and sharing a link to our website: www.SchoolChoiceWeek.com.

I am one of approximately 30 student bloggers for National School Choice Week. You can find some of my pieces on their blog:

September 2011: Missing link. Will recover.

October 2011: “Dr. Ben Chavis Boasts Unorthadox Leadership that Delivers Education Results”

November 2011:  “Milton Friedman and School Choice: Limited Government Principles Foster Quality Education

To learn how to get involved, visit their website and find an event near you.

The Implications of Sperm Donor Dads

The Sperm Bike in Copenhagen- 07

Image by Mikael Colville-Andersen via Flickr

In an age where marriage, family, and Judeo-Christian values are under siege, it is important to pose the alternative. With contraceptives, abortion, and other unorthodox practices readily available and accepted, sperm donors should not come as a surprise.

In my time at college, I have seen ads in my university paper calling for egg or sperm donors. Most college newspapers advertise the same services. They entertain offers to make bank by giving sperm or eggs to labs for research and/or  “humanitarian” causes.

In a time where students need money, this seems like a good prospect. Why not – give your sperm off  through little to no effort and make money! How awesome is that?

Nevertheless, do students who partake in this understand the implications of their actions? Do they understand how many children they may potentially father?

My sister Anna Maria Hoffman, who also contributes to TheCollegeConservative, expounds on this unethical and equally demoralizing practice in her column “Sperm Donor Daddy: The Breakdown of Society“:

“On September 12, 2011, Style Exposed aired a program called “Sperm Donor”, which features 33-year old Ben Siesler, a man who has fathered 74 children. When he was in law school at George Mason University, he donated to a local sperm bank for three years and never knew he fathered so many children until recently. For each month he donated his sperm, he received $900. Throughout the documentary, he has trouble telling his fiancée Lauren about his 74 children, while they both discuss wedding plans and the possibility of having children of their own in the near future.