Shankar Vendantam at NPR informs us that prison is the hot new way to get the mad skills necessary to compete in this dog-eat-dog world.
“Spending time in prison leads to increased criminal earnings,” Hutcherson says. “On average, a person can make roughly $11,000 more [illegally] from spending time in prison versus a person who does not spend time in prison.”
And if the whole raison d’etre for the college industrial complex is to give a similar boost to our kids’ income, well, let’s just welcome jail time into the fold. If we need to send more kids to college to boost their future earnings, then by the same reasoning we should be sending more to prison too.
(If you look at the vast number of confused high school students who are shipped off to college by their parents, it looks pretty similar. College is sort of a prison for that underachieving kid that needs to be molded into something economically useful.)
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