Google Discovers College Not Essential
RUSH: First, yesterday I mentioned to you a story I didn't have a chance to get to: "Why Google Doesn't Care About Hiring Top College Graduates." It's kind of a new thing in the route to success since the Great Depression. Well, yeah, it preceded that, but I mean the Great Depression really etched this in stone. A college education is the route to abundance, success, achievement, and economic security. That's been the rule of thumb for decades now. But now a new career path has been discovered by some high-tech people, and it involves dropouts, people that do not go to college.
Finally my career path appears to be cool with the hipsters at Google, 'cause, you know, I didn't go to college. Well, I went for a semester and a half, and you know the story. I just felt like it was holding me back. I hated school from the first moment, first grade, six years old, I hated it, I despised it. I still have posttraumatic stress disorder thinking about being in classrooms. I really do. If somebody wanted to punish me they'd send me to a classroom, send me back to school.
Anyway, "Google has spent years analyzing who succeeds at the company, which has moved away from a focus on GPAs, brand name schools, and interview brain teasers. In a conversation with The New York Times’ Tom Friedman, Google’s head of people operations, Laszlo Bock, detailed what the company looks for. And increasingly, it’s not about credentials."
They're looking for "intellectual humility." They are looking for people who are successful and bright and know how to learn from failure. Graduates of top schools, according to Google, lack intellectual humility. What that means is, graduates from top schools are coming out thinking that they are the end all, big-time egos, thinking they're the smartest in the room, they're the best, they're better than everybody else.
"Successful young graduates have been taught to rely on talent, which makes them unable to fail gracefully. Google looks for the ability to step back and embrace other people’s ideas when they’re better. 'It’s "intellectual humility." Without humility, you are unable to learn,' Bock says. 'Successful bright people rarely experience failure, and so they don’t learn how to learn from that failure.'
"Those people have an unfortunate reaction, Bock says: 'They, instead, commit the fundamental attribution error, which is if something good happens, it’s because I’m a genius. If something bad happens, it’s because someone’s an idiot or I didn’t get the resources or the market moved. … What we’ve seen is that the people who are the most successful here, who we want to hire, will have a fierce position. They’ll argue like hell. They’ll be zealots about their point of view. But then you say, "here’s a new fact," and they’ll go, "Oh, well, that changes things; you’re right."'"
Google has found among the people that work for them, "People that make it without college are often the most exceptional -- Talent exists in so many places that hiring managers who rely on a few schools are using it as a crutch and missing out. Bock says:
'When you look at people who don’t go to school and make their way in the world, those are exceptional human beings. And we should do everything we can to find those people.'
Many schools don’t deliver on what they promise, Bock says, but generate a ton of debt in return for not learning what’s most useful."
We don't get people who know how to think because they think they already know it all. They have no intellectual humility. Now, the reason I want to point this out, one of the most frightening things for a parent -- you know it and I know it -- one of the scariest things for a parent is when a kid doesn't do well in school. The next scariest thing for a parent is when a kid doesn't want to go to college, because everybody just believes that college is the route. It is ingrained in our culture. College leads to success, it leads to economic success, it leads to achievement, it leads to prominence, all of these things. And without it, you don't have a prayer.
My dad believed that. His formative experience, the Great Depression, and you didn't have a prayer of getting a job then if you didn't have a college degree, a piece of paper that said that you were educated. And we live in a world now, I'd just like to, if I could, offer a little comfort to you parents who might have a child, a kid that shows no aptitude to classroom learning, may show no aptitude, no desire to go to college, don't panic. You might very well have a genius on your hands.
It would be worth your while to figure out what it is that lights your kid's fire. What is the kid passionate about? I'm assuming we're not talking about a couch potato here that just sits around playing video games, but even that could lead to writing these games, computer coding, any number of things. But I think this revelation by Google is fascinating. The best people in their company -- I mean, this is an incredible thing to say. "Successful bright people rarely experience failure, and so they don’t learn how to learn from that failure. People that make it without college are the most exceptional. When you look at people who don't go to school and make their way in the world successfully, those are exceptional human beings."
And they are because they have to overcome all the odds. They have to overcome all of the -- it's almost prejudicial thinking. Didn't go to college, ah, you just don't have what it takes. Didn't go to college, ah, you don't know anything. Didn't go to college, ah, you haven't been properly socialized. There's a lot those people have to overcome. A, they have to learn somewhere. They have to get educated somewhere. They do it themselves, and they do it in areas where they are passionate, and they become good at something. There's something that they'd rather do that school is an interruption.
I'm just trying to be helpful here to some of you parents who may have children, you just desperately want 'em to go to college. If they don't, you don't think they have a chance, and it's not the case. Figure out what it is they're passionate about and you'll often get a clue as to where they are headed.
51% of Democrats Don't Know Earth Revolves Around Sun
RUSH: Did you see...? I had this last week, and I didn't get to it, but I think it's crucial to point this out. It's a National Science Foundation survey conducted in 2012. Honest, folks. This survey found that 51% of Democrats do not know that the earth goes around the sun once a year. Fifty-one percent of Democrats. Now, who is it that believes all of this pap from the phony science, to the hoax science, to the fraudulent science, to all of these stupid and scary food warnings?
Who is it that ends up believing all of that stuff? It has to be these 51% of Democrats who do not know about the earth going around the sun, and you know how arrogant they are. They think they're smarter than everybody else, more in tune, more in touch with everybody else.
Fifty-one percent? This is staggering, not to mention what worthless time they've spent in school, if 51% do not know the earth revolves around the sun once a year.
They may know that the earth goes around the sun, but they don't know that that happens once a year. Fifty-one percent. What this means is, 51% of Democrats need remedial science education. Here are some of the highlights of this thing. This was in the Washington Post. Which political groups are more likely to believe that astrology is "very scientific or sort of scientific," as opposed to those who believe it's not scientific at all?
One: Conservative Democrats think that astrology is very scientific. Of moderate Democrats, 52% think astrology is sort of scientific. It's 57% of conservative Democrats who think that it is science. Overall, Democrats, 44% think that astrology is science -- and 51% do not know that the earth revolves around the sun once a year. This is why mankind global warming will never die, because idiocy is the Democrat Party. If you don't know that the earth revolves around the sun once a year, what can you be made to believe?
The foundation just isn't there.
That, to me, is just stunning.
Jane Fonda's Pathetic Old-Age Freakout
RUSH: Jane Fonda is worried. USA Today, Ann Oldenburg has the story. Jane Fonda is 76. She is worried that she has "so little time left." She "doesn't want to be cremated or put in a coffin." She "was among the guests at Kerry Washington's weekend baby shower. It was a moment, one of many lately, that brought tears to her eyes." You know, these old liberals are amusing in their self-absorption. Really. It's like she's the only one getting old. She's the only one that has ever experienced it.
(sobbing) Oh, my God! It's so bad! I got so little time!
Here is what she wrote: "I ache for unwanted children in the world, for polar bears, and elephants, whales and Monarch butterflies, and dolphins, gorillas and chimpanzees. ... I'm not going to be cremated, uses up too much energy and gives off too many toxins, nor do I want to be in a coffin. Just dump me in a hole and let me morph into whatever as quickly as possible." (pause) What's the answer to that?
Well, okay! If that's what you want. (chuckling)
72% of Babies Aborted in Mississippi are Black
RUSH: A sad story. Really, really sad. In Mississippi, white people outnumber blacks significantly. However, 72% of aborted babies in Mississippi are black. Now, this comes on the heels of the equally shocking news out of New York City. Of 65,000 black pregnancies in 2012, 32,000 of them were aborted. No. No, no. It was over half of them aborted. It was 24,000 births, and the rest were aborted. Of 65,000 pregnancies, black people in New York City in 2012, and only 24,000 were born.
In Mississippi, 79% of Planned Parenthood abortion centers are located in minority neighborhoods, and 72% of aborted babies in Mississippi are black. Can anybody say Margaret Sanger? Planned Parenthood has 79% of all their abortion clinics in minority neighborhoods in Mississippi. Yet the margin population there is white -- and where does Planned Parenthood go, and what is happening? Seventy-two percent of aborted babies are black in Mississippi.
Black Pastors Rip Obama at National Press Club
RUSH:I mentioned these guys yesterday. They're being totally ignored by the Drive-By Media. A number of African-American ministers are just fed up with Obama. These are brave guys. They are truthful. They are consistent. They're not racist. They're out there. They're getting zero coverage from the Drive-By Media. This from the Cybercast News Service. "Black Pastor: Obama 'Has Done More to Hurt the American People Than Any Other President' --
"During a press conference on Tuesday in Washington, DC, to announce a signature campaign to impeach US Attorney General Eric Holder, Rev. Bill Owens said President Barack Obama has 'hurt the American people.'" This is the guy we talked about yesterday. "'We're on a downward road,' Owens, who is founder and president of the Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP), said at the event at the National Press Club. 'And this president has done more to hurt the American people than any president, as I see it, in my lifetime and in history.'
"Owens cited Holder's 'repeated lawlessness' of disregarding state laws and the Constitution. ... Owens said he wants 'good Americans to stand up for what is right' by signing the impeachment petition [for Eric Holder], with the goal of gathering one million signatures. Owens also stressed that the petition is meant for all citizens regardless of race or creed." The Coalition of African American Pastors. They're totally opposed to Obama and Eric Holder, and even though they showed up at the National Press Club, they were totally ignored.