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Maybe the Problem is We Overvalue Education

The recent media frenzy over Scott Walker’s lacking college diploma has had me pondering a wide variety of failures in regard to our educational stigmas. While the attacks on Walker have largely been from the media, there is no doubt that the issue will again rise to the surface on the 2016 stage. The notion that he left to work in a small business will, sadly, go undiscussed.

It’s not an uncommon ‘issue’, either. We all watched the cringe-worthy statements by now-Senator David Perdue over fellow candidate Karen Handel’s lack of college education unfold while questioning the necessity and relevancy. Especially considering that both come from a college-degrees-graduategeneration of folks that focused on entrepreneurial roots and touted self-sufficiency. Scott Walker is not far behind. In fact, there probably aren’t many of us who don’t know a boot-strap entrepreneur without a diploma that we respect and seek to emulate.

College diplomas are necessary because we have made them to be. We have demanded that they be: Democrats because of “access” and “equality; Republicans because “The Jones’” and “top-tier excellence.” As Republicans, we complain about Democrats wanting to have all the degrees..and for free. That’s wrong. But perhaps the degrees would be less appealing if we didn’t make the case that you are worthless in society without one.

The result: Our society is no longer unique.

While some sort of high school diploma is valuable, we do so many students a disservice by not offering them technical diplomas and trade diplomas. We are lacking when it comes to specialties and trades. We look down on our technical colleges and community colleges. Suburban metro Atlanta is especially guilty of this. But worse, a college diploma is often a certificate of complete for the soccer moms. The ‘I got my child through!’ stamp of approval. The apple-to-apple comparison for dinner parties.

They say you don’t add value unless you mine it, manufacture it, or grow it. When was the last time you heard encouragement for either of those 3 things? We struggle to find the air conditioning men and the plumbers and the welders because we, as a society, teach that that isn’t sufficient. Heck, even our agriculture relies on big-time, big-ag multi-millionaire businessmen…not the small town farmer.

I know my peers from both my undergrad and graduate programs. I know what they think of their education. I know their goals and I can say with confidence that I trust someone of blue-collar or entrepreneurial caliber above the guy with 3 MBA’s, a double major from undergrad, and a colorful robe on graduation day.

It’s time that both sides start looking at education past the goal line. It’s important but it should never cancel out the people who have persevered despite the educational system. It’s time we acknowledge that it is difficult to be a businessperson in America and the real-life experience should never be second fiddle to the traditional education.


The Karen/Komen Stunt


I have avoided the Pro-Life/Pro-Choice argument because on both sides, most people are pretty set in their ways and there’s no sense in trying to convince people one way or the other. That being said, I’ve about had it with Karen Handel, Komen and Planned Parenthood.

A couple different aspects to consider:

Karen Handel: She is a quitter, so naturally, she would resign from Komen. She quit Commissioner for Secretary of State. She quit Secretary of State for her run for Governor. She also wasn’t the one to propose the defunding of planned parenthood (it was a decision made long before entrance into the organization) but she is suddenly the conservative hero for resigning. This is her M.O….on to something better. No one should be surprised.

The stance of Mrs. Handel, on behalf of Komen, during this debacle has been that Planned Parenthood cannot receive funds from SGK because while they are earmarked for services related to breast cancer testing and awareness, the organization than has available funds to perform and advocate abortion, something Mrs. Handel is vehemently and openly against.
However, in 2005, while serving on the Fulton County Commission, Karen Handel voted to funnel federal funds through the county to Planned Parenthood, but “not for abortion funds”. Isn’t this a direct contradiction of what she JUST said last week?

How many of you donated to Komen before this big mess?My guess, based on the wealth of the organization, is millions.

It just goes to show you: no one does research for organizations they offer donations to. Komen has granted funding to Planned Parenthood for years. Cuisinart,the NFL they all support Komen and you support those companies. And there are HUNDREDS of other organizations and corporations that do the same. Here are just some of the other Planned Parenthood contributors:

  • American Express
  • American Home Products (chef boyardee, Pam cooking spray, Advil, Chapstick, etc)
  • AT&T
  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Buffett Foundation
  • Ben & Jerry’s
  • Bristol Meyers Squibb (ironically, the makers of Enfamil and Gerber foods)
  • Citicorp
  • Disney
  • Dayton Hudson (owner of Target)
  • eBay
  • General Mills
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Liz Claiborne
  • March of Dimes
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • Nike
  • Pepsi
  • Rotary International
  • Quaker Oats
  • Whirlpool
  • Whole Foods

Now what, folks? Many of the above have earmarked their funds to NOT be used for abortion, but like Mrs. Handel has stated, it frees up other funds to advocate abortion.
So, are you going to follow  through with boycotting all of these organizations as well? Are you going to cancel your AMEX., switch from Lucky Charms to Frosted Flakes, stop going to Disneyland? If you’re going to talk the talk and annihilate Komen, then walk the walk and be an equal opportunity hater. If not, understand how corporations and organizations work.

It was all a publicity stunt and both sides are milking it, as is Karen Handel. The losers in this story?  The people who are still uninformed.