During tumultuous times caused by COVID-19, it's good to have Mike Rowe around to tell us what's really going on.
Mike always cuts through the nonsense and tells us what's really going on. The former host of "Dirty Jobs" went on The Rubin Report and discussed a number of topics including the needs for people in "skilled trades" and what's going on with higher education.
“Part of the reason we’re locked in this endless feedback loop of nonsense is because we’re in love with cookie-cutter advice, and so we dispense it with certainty – and this is what politicians do to be elected. They have to. They have to say the thing that’s going to resonate with the most people, and so they wind up retrenching to bromines and platitudes and tropes. That’s what ‘safety first’ is,” Rowe said.
“That’s why [New York Gov. Andrew] Cuomo said no measure, no matter how draconian or drastic, could be deemed unjustifiable if it saves a single life. Reasonable people know that’s a lie.”
Rowe talked about the insane amounts of money people are forced to drop on education and textbooks.
“I think when the dust settles, higher education is going to be revealed as the luxury brand that it truly is,” Rowe said. “Two weeks ago, I watched on YouTube a lecture from MIT for free, the same lecture that would have cost X thousands of dollars, right? So, I think when the dust settles, higher education is going to be revealed for the luxury brand that it truly is, and when you take away all of the stuff that has nothing to do with learning or connecting, you’re gonna’ be left with a breathtakingly overpriced product.”
Rowe predicted the pandemic is going to change a lot of things in the education industry.
“They’re gonna’ find big thinkers with easily accessible ideas who are exponentially more interesting than professors, and soon, I hope, our obscene love affair with credentialing is going to stop, and we’re going to pause in every imaginable way, and look at what is essential – not just in workers or in work, but in education, in food, in fun. Everything is going to be forced through a different filter,” Rowe said.
Hopefully, this is one of many conversations to be had between Mike Rowe and Rubin Report host Dave Rubin.
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