A Lesson in Chinese Authority
by Tony Chavira
A few weeks ago the interwebs were ablaze with pithy commentary about a dude The Nation interviewed at Occupy Wall Street who was angry he couldn't get a job as a puppeteer. Then this image began floating around the Facebook:
This soldier's argument, that joining the military and risking your life is an option the most downtrodden can always take if they don't want to be downtrodden, is pregnant with injustice, and completely overlooks problems like "how did these people become poor in the first place?" while reinforcing the fallacious premise that it's the victim's fault they're poor and need the government's help (so they deserve what they get).
But I'm here to tell you that China's figured out how to fix this problem, and it all begins with education:
China’s Ministry of Education announced this week plans to phase out majors producing unemployable graduates, according to state-run media Xinhua. The government will soon start evaluating college majors by their employment rates, downsizing or cutting those studies in which the employment rate for graduates falls below 60% for two consecutive years.
The move is meant to solve a problem that has surfaced as the number of China’s university educated have jumped to 8,930 people per every 100,000 in the year 2010, up nearly 150% from 2000, according to China’s 2010 Census. The surge of collge grads, while an accomplishment for the country, has contributed to an overflow of workers whose skill-sets don’t match with the needs of the export-led, manufacturing-based economy.
Clearly, China's youth cannot be trusted to make decisions about their futures. Look at those idiot Americans, with their puppetry majors! They're so poor they have no other choice but to join the military and fight for their countries elites! Why bother letting them accumulate debt when the nation can simply limit their possible majors to Manufacturing or Military Service? If today's youth are not part of the economic machine that demands cheap labor and a military presence to reinforce trade routes, what good are they?
Military and Manufacturing. That is what the poor should be doing. And not questioning a system that limits their choices to only those two options.