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My first "real" job after grad school was as a teacher at a middle school/high school in Los Angeles, CA.  Many of these kids came from wealthy families, some with famous parents.  Many were brilliant. Yet still they worried about life after school, and not without reason.  Even if your parents' wealth keeps you safe for now, most disdain to ride through life on their parent's dime.

At a senior gathering I took the position that each of us is responsible to create our own job.  I was roundly shouted down, but I still think there was something there.  The problems your students face when entering the world today are daunting.  It is as important to foster courage and creativity as it is to develop competence.  Sadly, I do not see things getting easier in the coming decades.  

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Jun 21st, 2008 at 11:13:02 PM EST
At a senior gathering I took the position that each of us is responsible to create our own job.

I'd like to see you develop this idea more.

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jun 22nd, 2008 at 03:28:18 AM EST
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ARGeezer: At a senior gathering I took the position that each of us is responsible to create our own job. I was roundly shouted down, but I still think there was something there.

I do, too.  And I very much second Migeru's request that you develop this idea further.

... all progress depends on the unreasonable mensch.
(apologies to G.B. Shaw)

by marco on Sun Jun 22nd, 2008 at 07:43:59 PM EST
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I'm thinking, I'm thinking.  Damn, why couldn't he have asked me to do one on the Birds, I did one on the Bees.  :-)  

This issue is very personal to all for whom it arises, myself included.  It goes to the very heart of how culture is created and how we participate, knowingly or unknowingly, willingly or unwillingly in that creation.  More to the point, what we, individually and collectively, can do about it.

It is one thing to make brief comments informed by my own flawed life experiences.  It is quite another to compose a coherent two or three paragraphs on the subject.  I would like to do justice to the subject and the request.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Jun 23rd, 2008 at 12:17:00 AM EST
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