Good News for College Dropouts?
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  • Corlyss

    Reporting on Snowden has certainly cast a pall over the notion that high-school drop-outs today are capable of capitalizing on their marketable skills. Reporters keep talking about him in the vein of “how did such an uneducated man get a security clearance in the first place, and how could a contractor have hired such a no-account for such an important job.
    We habitués of ViaMedia know the answer to those questions. I understand that Diane Feinstein, in a characteristically misguided move, is introducing a bill to curtail the use of outsourcing in intel work. Stupidity on the hoof. The government’s constipated grade structure will not permit the paying of tech savvy recruits at a scale commensurate with their abilities or the demands of the jobs they are hired to do. The only reason the government has ANY scientists working for it at all is that Congress had to sever them from the grade structure and pay them what they could get on the open market. A school drop out would not likely ever be hired for a technical job; it’s just not in the civil service rule book. KSAs are geared around experience and education, and if an applicant is too young to have the experience, education requirements winnow them out. Contracting is the only way the government will get its needs satisfied. Feinstein reflexive reaction seems to blame the outsourcing process itself for this mess. If she’s not careful, this rush to misjudgment will shoot the government in the foot.

  • Pait

    The NYTimes says, “Data reveals a rise in college degrees among Americans.” http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/13/education/a-sharp-rise-in-americans-with-college-degrees.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130613

    I guess that means that Americans have decided that college degrees are worthwhile after all. I suppose that everyone who believes in freedom and markets will trust their judgement and stop ranting and raving about the “cost” of education, or its relevance. Or perhaps not.

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