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To be honest, I don’t follow the shenanigans of most US governors. Living in Washington state, I am sadly aware of the work of Gov. Jay Inslee to further and further restrict our freedom. And the MSM doesn’t let me forget the ongoing idiocy of the governors of California and New York and, for some inexplicable reason, Michigan. I do take pleasure in the adventures of the honorable governor of Florida and his never-ending battle with woke stupidity.
I am usually content to stay ignorant of what the other governors are up to — for good or ill. But I happened upon a piece of good news from the Keystone State. Democratic Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro, on his first full day in office, in his first executive order, removed the requirement of a four-year degree for tens of thousands of state government jobs. This is a good thing.
Now a couple of disclaimers: 1) I assume most of Shapiro’s policies, as he is a contemporary Democrat, I would find abhorrent. 2) I’m not thrilled with the fact that every state has tens of thousands of jobs. But still, this is a good thing.
As Shapiro said, “In Pennsylvania, the people should decide what path is best for them, not have it decided by some arbitrary requirement or any arbitrary limitation.” And let’s be clear, a four-year degree is an arbitrary requirement. Would a person who spent four years studying astrobiology or psychometrics or (ας μην γίνει ποτέ) critical race theory be better equipped for a job in the tax office than someone who spent four years doing the books for a large plumbing business? We’re being rhetorical here.
I linked above to an article about this story from The Pennsylvania Capital-Star and a portion of the story tells about Beth Christian, an acting deputy secretary in Shapiro’s administration. As a teenager, she decided college wasn’t for her, but “I never realized how the stigma would follow me through my career.” But she worked her way up through hard work. Imagine that.
And it is also admirable that this executive order was a campaign promise of Shapiro’s that he kept.
Could it be that maybe college isn’t all that?
I was interested to learn that five of the first seven presidents of the United States did have college degrees. Here are five presidents who didn’t graduate from college: George Washington (though he did have a surveyor’s certificate from William and Mary’s, good for trade schools), James Monroe, Abraham Lincoln, Grover Cleveland, and Harry Truman. Five presidents who did have college degrees: Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama, and Joe Biden. Need we more proof that a degree is no guarantee of competence?Published in