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Unthinking Majority wrote:What if part of the reason fewer % of white males are going to college are the racist and possibly sexist admissions policies or unspoken racial/gender biases of current college admissions departments? Or lack of encouragement at the high school level?


For that to be a thing, we would have needed to have a different history to this point.

Since we did not, this is a highly implausible claim.

I'd think that worthy of discussion. Unless, of course, some want to ignore the issue entirely because they are racists.


Then start a discussion on it.
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MistyTiger wrote:Should people be going to college? So many graduate with debt. Then there's the struggle to get started in that first steady job and start paying off the debt. Then those same students take out loans to buy a house or go on vacations.

There's a spending problem. Why does education have to be expensive in the first place? Why can't education be a basic human right? Or why not make it about the same price as paying for gasoline?

I went to college and still have a second degree to finish. But do I find it useful? No, not really. Having good people skills is useful. Most of the time, it's about knowing what to say and knowing how to say it so that I keep management happy with me. They really cared the most about my professional working experience anyway.


Misty you hit the nail on the head with this one for sure.

It used to be the ticket to a secure job, with benefits and the company that hired you were loyal to their employees and gave them job security and stability that they could count on to buy a home, get married, have children and get a good life in some community they wanted to grow roots in. Now? Everyone is worried about the hammer dropping on them and being homeless--even people with good grades, tons of certifications and diplomas and so on. None feel secure.

People often blame it on the wrong sources. The layabouts, the Millenials, so on and so forth. No, it is about how the economy in neoliberalism is set up. That is the problem. Once that is changed profoundly you will get something better.

Also, too many people live their lives in isolation. They get used to not talking face to face, eating together, and so on. A lot of people are not dating and not having sex too. Really. Having that kind of relationship really does bring a sense of stability in life. They say that in China unmarried men with no wives or girlfriends are the most prone to violence of all demographic groups.

I believe it too. Having sex with someone who loves you, eating regular meals, and having less anxiety about how to pay your bills and live your life without all this constant insecurity will get people off of the depressive states they are in.

That pandemic sure emphasized the damages of not being able to have human contact.
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Unthinking Majority wrote:The intentions of the OP are unknown, but you wouldn't say this if it were a post about black males, or white women.

This may shock you and others, but white males are human beings too. If they see decline in some kind of socioeconomic indicator, who cares right? Screw em!


A person making this post about white women or black males or even black women, or others... is the type of person that would outright say what they want to accomplish, rather than being cowardly about it.

It's ironic that so many alpha males pussyfoot around their point, seemingly terrorized of the social ostracization they claim to be above. It's funny. :lol:
#15316480
Unthinking Majority wrote:What if part of the reason fewer % of white males are going to college


% measures are zero sum. For one group to gain, another must 'lose'.

From OP's source:

CPB 508 wrote:The overall college enrollment rate [of all genders and races] decreased from 41 percent in 2010 to 38 percent in 2021

[...]

However, for White 18- to 24-year-olds, the college enrollment rate decreased from 43 to 38 percent over this period.


While I agree broadly that equality should approach bringing everyone to the same level, if 38% of people are going to college, 38% of white people going to college isn't necessarily a cause for alarm.

CPG 508 wrote:The college enrollment rate for 18- to 24-year-old females did not measurably differ in 2021 compared with 2010, either overall (43 percent in 2021) or for White, Black, Hispanic females (44, 42, and 37 percent, respectively, in 2021).

In contrast, the college enrollment rate for 18- to 24-year-old males decreased from 38 to 33 percent over this period. This was driven by the decrease in the college enrollment rate for White males (from 41 to 33 percent). Meanwhile, the rate in 2021 was not measurably different from the rate in 2010 for either Black or Hispanic males (31 and 30 percent, respectively, in 2021).


The fact he mentioned white at all is what's suspicious here. This is a story of a gender gap, not a racial gap. The story is "men are less likely to go to college than women" not "white men are less likely to go to college than anyone else". Race has nothing to do with it.

Now, while this is a fascinating topic, especially in regards to youth pedagogy and how we can make classrooms more attractive for boys (in fact, my masters thesis in education touched on this topic) - the default Pufferfish bogeyman of big bad ni--DEI isn't to blame here.

"But he didn't say anything explicitly about DEI." I know, but I also know the user, I've read his other threads, and thats precisely why I called him out for pussyfooting around his point - because fuck dogwhistles, and say what you mean. It's not a debate when one side is too cowardly to outright say what they mean just in case they have to defend the stupid shit they said. At least FiveofSwords can do that.
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Fasces wrote:% measures are zero sum. For one group to gain, another must 'lose'.

From OP's source:



While I agree broadly that equality should approach bringing everyone to the same level, if 38% of people are going to college, 38% of white people going to college isn't necessarily a cause for alarm.



The fact he mentioned white at all is what's suspicious here. This is a story of a gender gap, not a racial gap. The story is "men are less likely to go to college than women" not "white men are less likely to go to college than anyone else". Race has nothing to do with it.

Now, while this is a fascinating topic, especially in regards to youth pedagogy and how we can make classrooms more attractive for boys (in fact, my masters thesis in education touched on this topic) - the default Pufferfish bogeyman of big bad ni--DEI isn't to blame here.

"But he didn't say anything explicitly about DEI." I know, but I also know the user, I've read his other threads, and thats precisely why I called him out for pussyfooting around his point -because fuck dogwhistles, and say what you mean. It's not a debate when one side is too cowardly to outright say what they mean just in case they have to defend the stupid shit they said. At least FiveofSwords can do that.


You have to own up the shit you write. Otherwise what is the purpose of a debate forum? None. Run from what you write from others. Go get a blog. :lol:
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Tainari88 wrote:Misty you hit the nail on the head with this one for sure.

It used to be the ticket to a secure job, with benefits and the company that hired you were loyal to their employees and gave them job security and stability that they could count on to buy a home, get married, have children and get a good life in some community they wanted to grow roots in. Now? Everyone is worried about the hammer dropping on them and being homeless--even people with good grades, tons of certifications and diplomas and so on. None feel secure.

People often blame it on the wrong sources. The layabouts, the Millenials, so on and so forth. No, it is about how the economy in neoliberalism is set up. That is the problem. Once that is changed profoundly you will get something better.

Also, too many people live their lives in isolation. They get used to not talking face to face, eating together, and so on. A lot of people are not dating and not having sex too. Really. Having that kind of relationship really does bring a sense of stability in life. They say that in China unmarried men with no wives or girlfriends are the most prone to violence of all demographic groups.

I believe it too. Having sex with someone who loves you, eating regular meals, and having less anxiety about how to pay your bills and live your life without all this constant insecurity will get people off of the depressive states they are in.

That pandemic sure emphasized the damages of not being able to have human contact.


It's sad. And the difference between getting hired or not could even be saying the wrong thing to one question during an interview. It feels like a personality test. A major reason I get hired is because I am able to just know what to say to certain interviewers. I have the best luck if the interviewer is a woman in her 40s to 60s. Although, this does not always apply if the interviewer is actually looking for a meaner, older woman then of course I will not win her over, so it really depends.

So I guess I have decent people pleasing skills. I'm not proud to admit this, but I got bills to pay. It's no joke to be unemployed.
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I do think education is extremely important. STEM degrees are more valuable given they get you good paying jobs. Moreover, everybody, especially those with STEM degrees must learn soft skills. Soft skills are incredibly important if you want to survive in the job market. You have to learn to get along with people and your colleagues. Another important thing for employees is that your job at the end of the day is to keep your boss happy. Thats your job: to keep your boss happy. He or she is the one who writes your evaluations and can make or break your career.

If you can't get along with your colleagues, be a team player, and keep your boss happy, you're not going to make it in the job market. Plus, this notion of "its not my job" and thinking something is beneath your credentials or your job title is unacceptable. There are plenty of things that need to be done in the workplace that does not fit anybody's job description. So you might as well fill the void and be somebody who is indispensable by doing the work that doesn't fit into anybody's job description that needs to be done. You want to be indispensable in the workplace. When the boss hears "its not my job" what the boss really hears is "I am too lazy." Thats what the boss hears. And that's not going to make the boss happy and thats a career killer for you.

Soft skills are something that are not taught in the classroom. They are something you learn in the workplace and you must learn for career gold and job survival. That being said, a college education is important too for many reasons, but you also need those soft skills.
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Fasces wrote:% measures are zero sum. For one group to gain, another must 'lose'.

If white males are decreasing in enrollment because of merit, and their grades just aren't good enough vis-a-vis other demographics as they were before, and this is all due to merit, then I have no issues with this. Let the best person win.

If 90% of college enrollments went to black kids (or any other race) because they were better high school students that would be fine. This is because i'm not a racist. I get why people want to help low-achieving demographics, and we should be helping all low-achieving students regardless of group identity. I also support eliminating all racism/sexism and other discrimination in admissions, which has traditionally benefited whites and probably males, including things like nepotism (which I assume disproportionately benefits whites in the US).

While I agree broadly that equality should approach bringing everyone to the same level, if 38% of people are going to college, 38% of white people going to college isn't necessarily a cause for alarm.

Agreed, as long as we're talking about equality of opportunity, and not forced equality of outcome through admissions gender/race discrimination in admissions via DEI efforts. The fact that Jews and Asians and females kick the bottoms of white men in academics for a long time, and do so because of merit, shouldn't bother anyone.

Now, while this is a fascinating topic, especially in regards to youth pedagogy and how we can make classrooms more attractive for boys (in fact, my masters thesis in education touched on this topic) - the default Pufferfish bogeyman of big bad ni--DEI isn't to blame here.

Sure, this explains why more women attend and graduate college than men. It doesn't explain the recent reduction in white male enrollments through. DEI is a possible culprit.

"But he didn't say anything explicitly about DEI." I know, but I also know the user, I've read his other threads, and thats precisely why I called him out for pussyfooting around his point - because fuck dogwhistles, and say what you mean. It's not a debate when one side is too cowardly to outright say what they mean just in case they have to defend the stupid shit they said. At least FiveofSwords can do that.

The OP poster is a racist and what seems like some kind of alleged sex criminal, and gets no sympathy from me for that. So I understand your point.

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