I came across this video whilst perusing YouTube, and with a title as interesting as “Students Ditching Technology Majors – Find Out Why” my curiosity was thoroughly piqued.
Unfortunately, the title is a bit misleading, and it does not actually delve too far into the reasons behind or why many students are dropping out of, if not outright ignoring, STEM degrees. There is some half-assed guessing and approximation, but none of it is particularly deep.
First off, lets point out the biggest elephant in the room; the young woman commentator in the video, Ana Kasparian. She is a young, white looking American female with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. Does she look like the kind of person that has ever had a real job? You know, the kind of job that actually contributes to a nation’s standard of living? Perhaps a job involving a trade, or heavy and dangerous equipment? An occupation involving less than ideal working conditions, possibly outside? Judging from the smooth skin, shiny hair, and being relatively youthful looking for a 27 year-old woman, it’s safe to assume no.
There wasn’t quite as much biographical info on the other host, John Iadarola, but it isn’t particularly important to the point I’m making.
This is important to note because it is no secret that women are now the significant majority of college students in the U.S. now, and as the majority their choices and actions are going to reflect the overall state of the sector.
A side note – I have yet to meet a woman at my own campus (or any campus, really) that was not pursuing something along the lines of Nursing, Hospitality Management (whatever the heck that is supposed to entail), Fashion or something similar. Interesting that women as a whole were so quick to leave the domestic sphere, where they would be taking care of their own children and families, and replace it with a job in the Hospitality/Nursing sector, where they now get to take care of other people’s children and families. The irony is too much sometimes.
It is honestly not even truly worth educating women in the STEM discipline regardless, as they tend to not work nearly as much or as long as their male counterparts, hence the reason why women, on average, earn less than men. Add in the heightened risk of a sexual harassment or discrimination case or the possibility of maternity leave, and things should be clear.
Going beyond that, there are the motivations many of these students and graduates and young people overall have for going to college in the first place. At first the hosts in the above video mention jobs, then laziness, then celebrity culture having everyone believing they can become the next big celebrity, etc. While all of these are good starting points, they fail to delve into the “meat” of the issue.
The above video goes a bit further into some of the reasons why STEM majors are needed, mostly citing neato catch phrases as “driving the economy” and “tomorrow’s innovators.” But that’s just it though; anyone who actually want’s to be a driver of the economy or an innovator will already be taking steps to do so, with or without a college degree.
The fact of the matter is that most of the people going to college (mostly women) have no real reason or motivation for being there.
Granted that you’ll never hear a feminist complain about the gender disparity in occupations such as plumbing, or HVAC, or oil rigging, etc. This brings us to yet another conclusion:
Another truth is that women do not want to work.
Many of the students and graduates are on auto-pilot, merely spinning their wheels to appear as if they are moving or maintaining/gaining status. It isn’t even laziness; their lives have been on a conveyor belt throughout their entire existence and a college degree is just the next logical (or most common) step. They aren’t lazy, they just don’t care, and I do not entirely blame them. Their parents, their families, their friends, their teachers, their nation, everyone told them it was either college, maybe the military, or being a deadbeat, and they listened.
Another common theme among many of these students is that they are primarily from broken families as well. With little hopes for getting a decent job, delayed adolescence via living with/off of their parents for far longer than is natural, and fewer hopes for having a happy or decent marriage, their malaise is understandable. It may be wrong, even unhealthy, but it is what it is.
As with any institution where the majority of men have decided to jump ship, the boat is sinking, and all that’s left is to listen to all the women
and children scream as they head into the watery abyss.
Equality’s a bitch.