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Cale Sears

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Why aren't kids (+ young adults) given more credit?

Young people are full of ideas, plain and simple. I feel like many times someone with a great idea is cast aside because of their age, they just get pushed into this category of "child" with the stereotype that they're unknowledgeable and naive. Sometimes we need a little of that childlike belief that our problems CAN be solved. At the very least it makes the world seem a bit brighter.

So what can a young person do to have their ideas or solutions to problems taken more seriously?

What are some ways they could get creative?


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  • Dec 21 2011: @ David
    I agree with you. We are seeing a very dramatic gap in not only wealth, but intellect.

    But this isn't due to some corruption or anything of the sort of our economy. It has to do with the fact that the USA is undergoing a process of mechanization not seen in over a century. Our manufacturing is currently expanding quite remarkably, and yet its not hiring. Why? Because machines can do the work.
    Go to a home depot or a Ralphs and you'll see cashiers replaced by machines. Everything is now done by machines

    This means that the only people who will be able to succeed in the future, are those who can do jobs that machines can't. These are lawyers, doctors, businessmen. These people will and have seen their incomes expand quite tremendously.

    The reason for the divide is simple. One half of the US is getting college degrees, the other isn't. One half will make it in the future, and the other half will decay as their unemployment gets ever higher. Unemployment for those with college degrees is under 4%. For those without, over 15%.

    And I wouldn't say the quality of education is declining. Quite the contrary. Students are getting better and so are colleges.


    Of course, I know more than anything that grades do not translate to skill or ability. Not even close. This is why the Ivy league no longer uses this as the main deciding factor. Because they know that good scores does not translate into a good/skilled person. Its why quite often you'll see a 2300 student getting rejected from Stanford, while a 2000 SAT who started their own business, get in.

    The older generation had to do nothing of what my generation has to. They did not have to start businesses or non-profit organizations in order to get into a good college. No, all they had to do was score moderately well on the SAT.

    Even my Mom and Dad admit that they just screwed off in high school.

    Now if you want to go to college, you sure as hell can't screw off.

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