There are days when I actually feel sorry for the college industrial complex. No matter how much they try to compete in the modern world, the needs of people just don’t fall into the 4 year mold that worked well long ago.
Consider Isolde Rafferty’s article at NBC about new “drone pilot” programs springing up at schools around the country. Drones are going to be big and someone’s going to need to drive them, right? At least the college is getting in front of a new trend for a change.
Let’s not focus too much on the fact that any junior high kid could fly a RC model airplane years ago with just a few hours of training from his dad. Let’s not focus on the way they’re trying to sell 4 years of overpriced tuition to teach essentially the same thing. Let’s just say they’re trying to stay current.
For exhibit B, let’s turn to JD Heyes’s article in NaturalNews.com. The Navy is already testing a fancy plane that can take off and land from carriers without an official pilot. Oh sure, there’s someone who tells it where to go, but that can be a fancy pants member of the brass who just orders the plane to go somewhere. The new machines make obsolete all of those hot-headed kids inspired by “Top Gun”, the movie. No need for those lieutenants to drive the planes around anymore.
It’s entirely possible that by the time the first graduates emerge from these programs in four years, the jobs will be gone. The computers will have stolen the jobs long before the schools even finish pushing their first class through the four year meat grinder.
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