The Educated Vote

This year like all years, the news media discuss the election in terms of ‘The Educated Voter.’ Credentialed voter is the meaning.

This puts me on a slow burn. Their definition of education is a college degree. Education is much more.

I am intimidated by a doctorate in Quantum Mechanics. I am grateful for those who learn to heal the human body. I am amazed by those Chemical Engineers who make the substance of our society. I am impressed by those who read Thucydides and Xenophon in the original Greek.

I think most people who study economics aspire to illegitimately change society by arranging manipulative incentives against the will of the people. I think ill thoughts of those who achieve degrees in social work. I scoff at those who arrange their lives by ethnic or women’s studies.

I am much more impressed by a welder I know who does advanced work tested by X-rays at the refinery. Universities today offer much more certification than wisdom. And schools have never provided intelligence. It is telling that those who tell us how the ‘smart people’ vote pay no attention to intelligence or accomplishment. Actually, that would be interesting. How self-made millionaires vote.

The Uneducated by the news paradigm:

And the Educated.

We had a woman running for mayor who is a professional psychic. I consider her bumper stickers to be the tattoo of gullibility. She has a college degree.


2 comments on “The Educated Vote

  1. Dan says:

    Education and money will ever be means by which to segregate the populace. The methods may be slightly different but the end is always the same.

    An education only ever demonstrated that you could show up to class and do the work, it never guaranteed a level of understanding that would meet anyone’s level of expectations. Which begs the question. Do we change how we educate, or do we change our expectations?

    I’m not one to curl my lip at the idea of women’s studies or advanced European ethnic music sensitivity- I respect a person’t knowledge and ability to converse intelligently on whatever subject their discipline is in. I don’t, however, marry that to any expectation of competency in any unrelated discipline such as work or governance. If you wish my vote, please don’t use that esoteric knowledge as the foundation with which to demonstrate your fitness or as the basis for why your opinion should matter to me.

    • feralplum says:

      Education is diverse. Chemistry and engineering build the world. Physics leads to the new engineering.

      ‘Studies’ are just a hobby. On rare occasions History teaches those who change the world. Usually it is just a hobby.

      I have the idea that education should be divided into two groups. Education in useful arts should be paid for by government. Hobbies are one’s own concern.
      Welding, die making, chemistry, calculus,basket weaving, electronics should be free to those willing to spend their finite time.
      Theology, History, Peruvian Music, Flat Earth theory should not be paid for by the government.

      It wouldn’t work. All the hobbies would be somehow classified into the productive arts.

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