07 August 2009

Numerus Clausus, NEET?

Wikipedia gives an explanation (of sorts) of numerus clausus.

"Numerus clausus ("closed number" in Latin) is one of many methods used to limit the number of students who may study at a university."

Let's expand that definition to,

"Numerus clausus ("closed number" in Latin) is one of many methods used to distribute limited economic opportunity to a populuation."

In other words, if the economic system is rigged so that there are less jobs than there are applicants, a means of distributing these jobs is needed, lets call it numerus clausus. Bear in mind that the numerus clausus has to be something that we can all agree is fair, just and reasonable.

So, it is fair that those best suited to do the jobs will be the ones who get the jobs. But how are we going to decide who is best suited for a particular job?

Education is considered to be the best method as to how one decides who is best suited for a particular job. It is supposed to tell us who has a particular aptitude for a particular subject and who is (and hence isn't) prepared to work hard.

So, woebetide you if you don't have any education ...

This story, "150,000 dole kids ‘dead in 10 years'", in the Sun, describes how researchers tracked what happened to NEETS "the term for those not in education, employment or training."

The researchers found that,

"Up to 150,000 jobless kids will be dead within ten years, a shock report predicted yesterday. One in six drop-outs not in full-time work, training or education is at risk. A chilling study shows 15 per cent of idle kids aged between 16 and 24 die within a decade of leaving the system. They are more likely to be killed by drug and alcohol abuse, violent crime, ill health or suicide."

But let us look at whether or not we really need education to enter the jobs market. I don't think that we do.

Of course, I accept that there are many jobs that require an educated person in order to be able to do these jobs: in order to be able to be trained to do these jobs. But this isn't all jobs. However, as jobs are getting scarcer, in order to allocate jobs, employers are demanding of applicants unnecessary qualifications.

Sickenly, rather than drawing attention to short comings of this situation, the teaching profession profits from it. It elevates the importance of the teaching profession.

It is profoundly wrong that we are duped into thinking that we can turn our backs on these people because they are "drop outs."

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