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As the Boomers Head for the Barn

johnm h Wrote: May 15, 2012 8:24 AM
There is nothing that can't be fixed. If we privatized social security, people would voluntarily work longer. If we reduced credentials necessary to teach, lots of older people who have real knowledge would happily teach and do it for less. School choice would lead to this without lifting a finger. We could choose from a long line of potential immigrants we want instead of basing our immigration policy on who lives within walking distance. And we could eliminate welfare so that millions would enter the work force. Nothing is written in stone except liberal venality and unwillingness to learn.
CardSenseJimmyBond Wrote: May 15, 2012 9:50 AM
Reduced credentials but not necessarily qualifications. I believe a practicing nuclear engineer could teach high school physics even without a degree in education. A banker with an MBA could teach economics, and a retired field grade officer who completed Command and General Staff College could teach history.
Georgia Boy 61 Wrote: May 15, 2012 9:56 AM
Re: "a retired field grade officer who completed Command and General Staff College could teach history." Ah, not so fast. Are you willing to let a military historian (as I am) command a battalion? Unless the answer is "yes," your retired officer needs to get an education as a historian. There is more - much more - to being a historian, than being well-read.
Henry159 Wrote: May 16, 2012 12:50 PM
Georgia Boy 61, huh? I know a retired history teacher about that age who now lives in SC! He grew up and was educated in Athens. And my brother is a full-fledged "Georgian Boy" who is a retired history teacher. However, being a history teacher and being a "historian" are two different things. Though my brother never stuck to textbooks, thousands of history teachers do. These are the history majors that populate our schools when they could never make a living as actual "historians."

When the April figures on unemployment were released May 4, they were more than disappointing. They were deeply disturbing.

While the unemployment rate had fallen from 8.2 percent to 8.1 percent, 342,000 workers had stopped looking for work. They had just dropped out of the labor market.

Only 63.6 percent of the U.S. working age population is now in the labor force, the lowest level since December 1981.

During the Reagan, Bush I and Clinton years, participation in the labor force rose steadily to a record 67 percent. The plunge since has been almost uninterrupted.

Here is a major cause of...