Farouk Shami’s strange radio ad

Charles

I make my money as a web developer at a tech security company. I chase my passions as a director for the Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Over the last couple of years I've come to love this city, and I want to see it be as great as it can be. Why am I here?

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3 Responses

  1. Al says:

    this guys got money to blow, he can make things happen

  2. Jamie says:

    The goal Shami is trying to promote is that every child who wanted to would be able to go to college without constraints outside their control like the high school curriculum not offering the right preparatory courses, financial barriers, and there not being enough space at colleges to keep up with population growth. The meaning of the goal is not that every child would definitely go to college or would have to go to college.

    • Charles says:

      You might have to clarify your meaning, but even saying every child who wants to go to college would be able to go would fall into most, if not all, of the problems I described.

      College acceptance should be based on merit, not on desire or upbringing or whether your parents went there.

      I think I understand the sentiment, but the reason there isn't "enough space at colleges to keep up with population growth" is that college has been transformed in the US from an academic achievement meant to distinguish a student to a right of passage for anyone whose interested.

      The most profound change has been from earned privilege to birthright. We act as if every kid who finishes high school deserves to go to college. That's led to a whole host of problems, the result of which is that college seems hardly worth the time and money a student invests, unless they go into law or medicine.

      There's a lot you have to understand about where I'm coming from, and you'll see that here in the near future. For now, though, I'll just say that college should be more exclusive, not less; and most jobs people go to college for shouldn't require more than a one-year certification. Selah

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