Continued education is a noteworthy goal but it is not a cheap goal. Those certifications are often as expensive as a college degree and that doesn’t include the investment of time and other non-material resources (missing your kids, not caring for an elderly relative, sleep).
Paying for job training before you have the job is a tax. And it is a tax most likely to be paid by those least able to afford it. Certifications are, for many, a substitute for the cultural and social capital that higher class folks take for granted…and have free of charge. It’s poor, working class, lower status individuals who need most the miniscule edge a certificate provides in the job market because they don’t have friends in a position to give them “the hook up”.
Taxing the individual poor and working class for the possibility of a job that may or may not exist is not a structural solution to a structural problem. It’s a way to feel less guilty about a busted economy that is destined to leave most of us behind.
If the private sector wants a perfect employee they should train one.
Will people leave, flake out, prove to be bad investments sometimes? Absolutely. It’s a gamble but corporations are in the best position to absorb the risk. Individuals and the public sector are not. But, as financiers are constantly telling us, there is no reward without risk and the greater the risk the greater the reward. Let them buy their own rationalization and let us stop buying it. They can afford it. We cannot.
Colleges don’t work for the private sector and, increasingly, despite all of our credentials and certifications and skills and willingness, neither do millions of Americans. Stop blaming higher edcuation and workers for a bad economy that cannot absorb excess labor and start blaming the private sector for not investing in its own human capital. Anything other than a focus on those core issues is a distraction.
Concerning human development, we showed that while cognitive skills are
important in the economy and in predicting individual economic success,
the contribution of schooling to individual economic success could only partly
be explained by the cognitive development fostered in schools. We advanced
the position that schools prepare people for adult work rules, by socializing
people to function well,and without complaint, in the hierarchical structure
of the modern corporation.
Schools accomplish this by what we called the correspondence principle,
namely, by structuring social interactions and individual rewards to replicate
the environment of the workplace.
Schooling in Capitalist America Revisited - Bowles and Gintis (2001). (via alone-ontheeastcoast)
Bowles and Gintis for the MFing win. Them and Collins (and, of course, Bourdieu — always Bourdieu) compromise my entire theoretical framework.
Nellie Bertram (character on The Office)
It’s a brilliant 8 seconds of television.
…the instant you open your eyes in the morning you realize exactly what you did wrong in your data entry. You are both happy to have figured it out (thanks subconscious!) and sad because you now have to go find the survey forms and match the gender variable up with each response item and you have no idea what you’re doing and the data is due in 5…4.75 hours. Oh. :(