Good point, and I do realize that there are many, I wouldn't even call it "below average" individuals that have relied upon these jobs. I seriously doubt that all of the jobs that they are qualified for will be going away. My rant really was geared to the rest of the population that screams that their job is going away and make it seem like there was no warning--those that could have taken relevant classes, or at least consider a Plan B rather than the government being Plan B.
Whether our children are average or entrepreneur material, my point still is that we need to do a better job as parents and educators to guide them and help them make decisions so that they can be employed. I don't see evidence of that happening. There was another headline today concerning the number of children who can't read - Click here. Do you think that the average group is getting the education they need to be emplooyed? I don't. And, by the way, I have children in both camps.
Personally, I am tired of columnists and pundits saying that we should all reinvent ourselves and become Internet entrepreneurs. People with the ability to do remarkable things will do remarkable things.
But I didn't grow up in Lake Woebegone, where all the kids are above average. Shockingly, in my high school FIFTY PERCENT of the kids were below average. In previous decades, most of them could get jobs as assembly line workers, clerks, etc.
But those jobs are gone. So what happens to people like that now? I suppose we could try Swift's "Modest Proposal" (i.e., kill and eat them). But I think I would prefer to have trucks driven by employed humans to robot drones dropping packages on my doorstep
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