A Cynics Commencement Speech

There are many things about the American education system I don’t understand, one is the Prom or Prahm or something. as far as I can gether its a kind of school discotheque.

Now when I was at school, the cool kids kept far away from school dances and any extra curricular activities (I found out some years after leaving most of my class though I was cool, it was quite hurtful because I’d wanted them to think I was a arsehole who didn’t care what anyone thought of me. Still later I learned that the trick of being thought cool is to not care what anyone thinks of you.) Anyway I’ve never understood why a school dance is such a big deal.

Another puzzle is the “Commencement Speech” which is given to school leavers at this time of year, just as their school career is terminating. Anyway a few days ago Zero Hedge, along with many other U.S. blogs and news sites reported rather scathingly on a very pompous commencement speech given by Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Today Zero Hedge returns to Cook’s exercise in talking bollocks by briunging us a satirical “Commencement Speech For The Real World”. here’s a taster …

“In effect, you are graduating with a mortgage but no house. And what did you get? A subprime education.

“To those who majored in gender studies, film deconstruction, or any other of today’s academic fads, to you I have this advice: when this commencement speech is over, do not bother looking for a job. Instead go straight to the unemployment office.

“Graduates, you have been saddled with debt and bad ideas. Good luck, you’re going to need it.”

I love the ‘subprime education’ bit. I don’t know if our universities have picked up on the idea of paying failed politicians, Z list celebrities and shyster businessmen vast sums for delivering commencement speeches yet, but like the rest of our schools and colleges they are delivering ‘subprime education’.