Mark in Minneapolis asks me to stop trying to improve the U.S. education system.
As a 50-year-old, white, male engineer who speaks English excellently, I recently was hired for a full-time engineering job, at a good wage after 4 years of looking for full-time employment! My current employer was “willing to take the risk” on this 50-year-old because he finally began to realize that even the engineering graduates from the current colleges, although whizzes at the computer, had a certain lack of fundamentals.
I have a friend, 48 years old, machine designer, totally computer conversant, who has his own machine shop, and makes custom handguns. (Oh, what a Neanderthal!) He is getting tons of solicitations for new jobs because he can not only use the CAD systems, but he knows how to actually build things.
So suddenly, the “feel good” Generation X is beginning to create job security for us old guys. A few years ago, companies were throwing resumes away if you were over 40. For some of us, today’s dummies are our job security for tomorrow!
I used to feel that way sometimes when I had a high-paying newspaper job. (It seems high-paying from my current no-paying perspective.) The younger generation was no threat because they can’t write.