A college education may not be in the future for Gen Z

April 2 – A new story in the Wall Street Journal has pointed out that a lot of the folks in Generation Z, those born in the mid-to-late 1990s into the early 2010’s, are not headed to college, as many people thought they might be. 

Instead, they are picking up the tools and looking into careers in the trades, including plumbing and electric work. 

There are a handful of colleges in the country that have recently raised tuition rates to more than $90,000 a year. 

That’s not a typo. There should be four zeros after that 9. 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “It’s the first time that threshold has ever been crossed. There are a number of colleges now in that category. When that news broke, there was a lot of reporting again at what point do you start questioning is that worth it? Will you get the return on investment for that money? A lot of the Gen Zers of course are looking the other way, getting into the trades, which is a good thing. If you look at that chart in today’s Journal carpentry seems to be growing in popularity along with various other trades. No doubt, Gen Zers, you’re a high school student ready to enter the world, you look at the ticket price on these colleges and they’re thinking I’m not sure if this is worth it. I’m not going to get a return on investment. I’m going to go get into one of the trades where they can make a very good living and not incur all of that debt.”

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “That’s the smart Gen Zers. Now let’s talk about the not so smart Gen Zers, the ones who are seeing that violence seems to be rewarded or at least not punished. Let’s look first at the border, where to me it feels like the judge down there for the 200 people who were involved in that riot at the border with a smaller number of them who had gotten violent, at least 70 of the 200 are facing rioting charges, nine charged with assault, including one that intentionally stomped on the knee of a National Guardsmen. Now maybe that person is not being let go, but the fact that the rioters, the ones accused of being rioters, are just being let go on their own recognizance. I heard three things mentioned that a judge has the discretion and one time you never let people go is if they committed a crime and they won’t be seen again, there’s a chance you’ll never see them again in court. How in the world can a judge think that that’s okay to let these kinds of people in? What kind of message does that send to people who may want to cross the border illegally? Not only can you do it illegally and get away with it and be rewarded for it, you can be violent or intimidating at least,”

Barkdoll said, “If you’re a flight risk, that is typically one of the main criteria that a judge will consider in setting bail. This case got a little bit complicated. So this was a federal magistrate judge. All of these people were charged with crimes related to what they did and it was all on video, of course, but there’s a federal law that when they’re charged with those crimes, they must be given a bail hearing within 48 hours.”

The incident happened more than two weeks ago on March 21. 

Barkdoll continued, “So when the cases got to court, it was actually over Easter weekend, the prosecutor said there were just too many of these people. They were not prepared to have these individualized bail hearings. The judge said by and large, they’re all released on ROR, on their own recognizance because that 48 hour rule was violated. The problem is my bet would be many of these people are never going to show up again because they were already coming in illegally. They’re certainly not going to voluntarily appear for their subsequent court hearings. So it’s a real problem. I don’t know if we were to interview that prosecutor, maybe they would say they are just so overwhelmed with cases, it’s impossible to comply with this 48 hour rule when they’ve got hundreds of people rushing in at a time like that, but it’s a very unfortunate outcome.”

Jansen said, “I’m afraid of the message it sends and I’m going to tie this to two other stories. We have St. Patrick’s Cathedral that was invaded by protesters about Palestine. First Amendment rights to your ability to exercise your religion and I bet nothing happens to those protesters and then there’s the Vanderbilt University protesters who are all ‘wah wah’ because after hurting an officer, they were violent. They broke a window. They hurt an officer. They went into a building that’s been closed for reconstruction. They were given all kinds of warnings. They tried to come and talk to them. They pushed past the administrators and now they’re all ‘wah wah’ because a few of them, 16 are being suspended and how dare they be treated like this? There’s laws being broken here, but we’re not applying the law anymore to these protests.”

Barkdoll said, “People have a free speech right, but they don’t have the right to come into an Easter church service and disrupt the service. That would be a criminal act. That’s what happened at St. Patrick’s Cathedral over the weekend. You’re seeing more and more of this. I’m not convinced, either, that you’re really going to see prosecutions in these cases. It’ll be interesting to see what happens. You’ve also seen recent incidents where these protesters have shut down highways. They’ll just march in mass onto a major highway and stop traffic until police show up to move them out. Again, that is not legal. That is not First Amendment protected speech when they’re interfering with traffic like that, but yet that seems to be what these pro-Palestinian protestors have been resorting to lately.”