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I swear I am not making this up: stupid for college [Mar. 17th, 2010|06:25 pm]
Zoethe
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An exact quote from an TV ad for Brown Mackie College:

"According to the US Census Bureau, those who get an education beyond high school are nearly 20 percent more than those who only have a high school education."

I was only half paying attention, so I had to ask Ferrett to back up and play it again. And then again so that I could be sure I'd transcribed correctly.

"According to the US Census Bureau, those who get an education beyond high school are nearly 20 percent more than those who only have a high school education."

20 percent more what?

Yes, these admission support representatives are waiting to talk you into taking on debt for their illiterate education.

I fear for the future.
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[User Picture]From: 28bytes
2010-03-17 10:31 pm (UTC)
20 percent more better. Duh.

I'm guessing it was "earn nearly" and the n's elided, but I'm amused nonetheless.

Edited at 2010-03-17 10:33 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: interactiveleaf
2010-03-17 10:38 pm (UTC)
Oh that's a good thought. I was just hoping that there was a contextual meaning, but I like your idea better, especially since it's supposed to be true.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-17 10:39 pm (UTC)
I think that's what you are supposed to assume. But it's still bad bad bad bad bad.
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[User Picture]From: fionnbharro
2010-03-17 11:00 pm (UTC)
The US Obesity study released within the past few days points out that Americans with college degrees tend to have higher obesity rates than those who don't.

In that light, I don't see any problem with the Advertising text/copy at all.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-17 11:20 pm (UTC)
ROTFLOL!
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[User Picture]From: jeffpalmatier
2010-03-17 11:25 pm (UTC)
. . . 20 percent more likely to become bitter and disillusioned once they realize that their college degree is no guarantee they'll actual get a better job than if they hadn't gotten the degree.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-18 12:33 am (UTC)
There's that.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-18 12:35 am (UTC)
That was probably it, but we rewatched it 5 times without figuring that out.
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[User Picture]From: sunfell
2010-03-18 12:57 am (UTC)
I am an electronics technician with the equivalent of a two-year degree. I earn more than someone with a 4-year CS degree. Even more ironic, I am not even earning at my 'peak' because I work for the state.

The irony is that my education is 'less valuable' than an advanced degree- until someone needs something fixed NOW. Then, suddenly my skills have value.

I tell kids today to forget college and go learn a trade. It pays better.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-18 01:01 am (UTC)
I was talking about the lack of trade training the other day.
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[User Picture]From: kibbles
2010-03-18 02:15 am (UTC)
My husband is an ironworker. Apprenticeship, no college. His salary is quite impressive. If any of our kids went that route, we'd be happy.

Oh, and nurses, RNs, can get their degree in two years. You can get an RN with an ASN, not just a BSN. And I was in nursing school, it is HARD. Very, very hard. Amazingly so. I bet a lot of people with 4 year degrees couldn't pass it. Hard, competitive, cutthroat, stressful. For good reason, of course.
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[User Picture]From: sylphon
2010-03-18 01:32 am (UTC)
More Better-er of course!
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[User Picture]From: kagomeshuko
2010-03-18 03:36 pm (UTC)

And on that note . . .

Spring iz sprung,
The grass iz riz.
I wonderz wear the flourz iz.

(I'd write some variation of this on my English teacher's board during spring in high school, mainly 'cause we got away with it, being in SPARK - advanced placement program in the school system where I live).
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-18 10:22 pm (UTC)

Re: And on that note . . .

My dad always sang it "I wonder where da birdies iz"
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