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A legislative committee looking to pin the blame for Wisconsin’s lackluster job creation statistics on someone else other than Scott Walker has found a new scapegoat: Wisconsin high schools. Yep, it is all the high schools' fault for not properly preparing students for the business world of today.
Manufacturers in southeastern Wisconsin say they have a problem. They claim that jobs are going unfilled because they can’t attract suitably trained employees, and they blame the public schools for inadequately preparing students for the “real world” of work.
Uh-huh … these would be the same manufacturers who don’t want to pay taxes that go towards paying for our schools.
They complain about job applicants not arriving at an interview on time or being able to pass a drug test or having a felony conviction on their record. They also complain about a poor work ethic among job seekers. But they don’t have any actual data or evidence to back up these claims. They are all just strongly and oft-asserted opinions.
Funny thing—I seem to remember those same complaints about my generation when we graduated from high school. As a matter of fact I am willing to bet you would hear this same complaint about every generation since the dawn of time:

“Ugh, grunt, ughgh.”

Loose translation: “These kids today … they just have no work ethic. They never show up on time for the mammoth hunt, they don’t take care of their atlatl, are nothing but a bunch of thieves and spend too much time smoking leaves.”

Of course saying, “Back in my day we worked for a living,” is not enough for these corporate welfare shills.

Walker signed [a] law that shifts the labor and training costs of a probationary employee at a private company onto the public by tapping unemployment insurance and state worker compensation funds should the worker get injured on the job.

Here’s how it works: The state compensates a worker for their probation period at a private corporation with a paltry amount of unemployment insurance. The corporation receives the value of the workers’ labor, and gets a chance to vet the worker before deciding if they actually want to offer them a job. Since the worker is not actually employed by the company, they have no rights with regards to injury, working conditions or grievance processes. They are covered under the State of Wisconsin’s workers compensation policy.

So let me get this straight ... now the state takes on the cost of an employee during what would normally be considered a probationary period? Seriously? Whatever happened to keeping government out of business?

Now in the words of the late pitchman Billy Mays, “But wait, there’s more!”
 

The Special Committee on Improving Educational Opportunities in High School […] is directed to develop legislation to create and enhance opportunities for both lower and higher achieving students in high school […] the committee shall: evaluate current options available to high school students for both career and technical education and post-secondary enrollment, including the Youth Options Program; examine both career and technical education and post-secondary enrollment options available to high school students in other states; and determine how to promote coordination between high schools, technical colleges, universities, and employers to ensure that high school students have the skills necessary to meet the workforce needs of employers in this state.
Or as Progressive magazine writer Rebecca Kemble so eloquently put it:
In other words, they will work on developing laws that use the public education system to orient, train, and track kids into the corporate working world at a young age. Rep. Farrow mentioned that he would like that tracking to begin in first grade. But Tim Sullivan, who appeared before the committee as Scott Walker’s recently appointed “Special Consultant for Business and Workforce Development,” has even more ambitious ideas: “In workforce development we say, you begin at birth and end at the grave.”
You begin at birth and end at the grave ... that is the future the Republican Party has for our children. They are just a commodity to be bought and sold to our corporate masters. There will be no more artists, philosophers, writers (unless it is business related), or free spirits who go the ways of the wind. No, the future the GOP wants is one where our destiny is decided at birth and we work in that job until the day we die.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 11:12 AM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive and Daily Kos.

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  •  My son was laid off...went to the unemployment (6+ / 0-)

    office to ask about help for job training...basically was told the funds were cut. No Training For You.

    It is Scott Walker's fault.

    Due to recent cutbacks, the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off.

    by cyeko on Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 11:27:51 AM PDT

    •  The Youth Minimum wage in WI is $5.90/hr (1+ / 0-)
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      barbwires

      It's lower in other states.

      WI ompanies can hire a kids up to the age of 20, called "Opportunity Employees" (Orwellian, imo), for only $5.90/hr, and get away with paying the lower wage for 90 days which is called the "training period".  

      Really?  It takes 90 days to train a kid to flip burgers?  And make french fries?

      www.minimum-wage.org

      Wisconsin

      It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

      by War on Error on Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 06:52:53 AM PDT

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  •  Not only that but the scam continues (8+ / 0-)

    He's redone the Board of the Milwaukee Area Technical College so it's heavy with manufacturers and also included County elected officials from surrounding counties (the very red Ring of Fire) to board positions even though they contribute NOT ONE PENNY to MATCs operations.

    Wanna bet there's going to be a whole lot of unpaid "apprenticeship programs" and "internships" as a large part of getting your vocational training or Associate Degree?  Free workers!  Corporations love free workers.

    There was so much concern over his total changes to the MATC board that people were fearful of losing the FCC license that governs the PBS stations that broadcast from MATC.  The only changes to the bill that got rammed through were minimum changes necessary to keep those licenses.

    Walker and the GOP have devastated our state.  Sadly, not enough people have been personally hurt by what he's done to remove him and other Republicans from office.

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 11:38:37 AM PDT

    •  That's not true! (4+ / 0-)
      Walker and the GOP have devastated our state.  Sadly, not enough people have been personally hurt by what he's done to remove him and other Republicans from office.
      Sure they've been personally hurt - they've just been brainwashed that it's all someone else's fault.

      Your kids' class size went up?  Greedy unions.

      Your kids' school closed down?  Greedy unions.

      You lost your job?  Doyle's fault.

      Constitution and open government in tatters?  Democrats forced us to do it!

      No jobs bill?  Can't do that while the GOP's busy fighting off greedy unions... er, senate recalls... er, a gubernatorial recall... er, harsh direct sunlight in Florida.

      Devastating drought hit your farm?  Tweeting about a global flood story to fight the immorality of government will help!

      GOP donor poured human effluent into the water table your wells draw from and GOP head of DNR refuses to pass the case on for prosecution and GOP legislator called for the hand-slapping to be done using a velvet glove?  Um... look, greedy unions!

      Fake candidates nominated by the GOP for the recalls: 6 out of 7. Fake signatures on the recall petitions: 4 out of 1,860,283.

      by GeoffT on Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 02:23:21 PM PDT

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  •  Forgot to say (6+ / 0-)

    Republished to Badger State Progressive (usually ruleoflaw gets here first).

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 11:40:38 AM PDT

  •  They want experienced workers at $10/hour (7+ / 0-)

    with no benefits. "They" being our so-called job creators.

    I've been told that by one of our local employers. I've been told that people just have to realize that $10/hour is great for an experienced machinist. And no health insurance (and no Obamacare either). It's the new economy, and they just have to settle for this. And they would settle for this if only the gubmint stopped coddling the unemployed with things like unemployment and worker compensation.

    And they (our so-called job creators) want government tax money to subsidize their business and infrastructure. Give me my internet, my roads, my electrical put to wherever I want to build.

    Well, I want a flying unicorn that craps rainbow marshmallows.

  •  Wi was a model (2+ / 0-)
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    A few years ago (in pre-Fitzwalkerstan Wisconsin), I attended an event at the UW Chancellor's house.  

    The event celebrated the signing of an agreement between two French provinces, the UW, the WTCS and the DPI.

    The French delegates talked about how they were looking forward to working with a state having such a progressive, comprehensive and successful educational system.  

    At least one German state already had a similar agreement with us.

    I would guess that they're not so thrilled with us anymore......

  •  Seems like employers have forgotten... (9+ / 0-)

    ...that one person's labor cost is another person's wage income.

    If they continue to slash their labor costs, no one will be able to afford to buy their products.

    Let's take back Wisconsin!!!

    by A FIB in Cheddarland on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 08:23:18 AM PDT

  •  Sounds rather Stalinist to me. (10+ / 0-)

    I remember the days when Russians were 'selected' for advancement, achievement, or brute labor. In my lifetime. I don't think we want that here. At all.

    Nurse Kelley says my writing is brilliant and my soul is shiny - who am I to argue?
    Economic
    Left/Right: -7.75
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.51

    by Bud Fields on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 08:07:05 PM PDT

  •  "Education" to become nothing but (8+ / 0-)

    a low-wage slave of some corporation.  Is this really the future Wisconsinites want for their kids?

  •  Wisconsin Republicans also want (12+ / 0-)

    to make sure women produce those worker bees, wether or not they want kids.  IF Walker calls for a special session to "focus on jobs",  it's a sure bet some bright Republican spark will introduce more abortion/birth control restrictions.
    After all, we can't have the ladies holding out on them, er us.

    As of right now, I loathe all anti-choice politicians with an intensity greater than the radiation output of a thousand suns. 3.13.12

    by GenuineRisk on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 08:10:19 PM PDT

  •  Hmm. I seem to remember (3+ / 0-)

    President Obama proposing something VERY similar on the federal level about 2 years ago.  It was a doomed idea then (thank god), because Republicans refused to pass anything like a jobs act that Obama might take "credit" for.  We got lucky that time.  
    I sure pray that Pres. Obama is over his need to pass republican ideas off as his own in order to be bipartisan.

  •  What is in Wisconsin's Water Supply that breeds (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    VTelder, NoMoreLies, basket, Amber6541

    the likes of

    Reince Priebus
    Scott Walker
    Paul Ryan
    Eric Hovde

    Not blaming Bush for the mess we're in, is like not blaming a train engineer for a fatal train wreck because he's no longer driving the train.

    by JML9999 on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 08:14:30 PM PDT

  •  'we work in that job until the day we die.' (11+ / 0-)

    or until we get injured or old, or they just find someone who will do our job for even less money.  When are people going to wake up?  I think it may be the younger generation who takes up the banner - they are the first to get screwed.

  •  THIS IS SOCIALISM! (5+ / 0-)

    But its OK for Republicans to do.

    "We don't need someone who can think. We need someone with enough digits to hold a pen." ~ Grover Norquist

    by Lefty Coaster on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 08:19:04 PM PDT

  •  Really? (5+ / 0-)

    Sounds like central planning to me.  Howver, according to Dean Baker, data show that unemployment is steady across all sectors so no real shortage exists in any one area employment.  On top of that, the data doesn't show any increase in hours for a specific employment sector and there is no unexplained increase in wages for a particular sector.  A shortage of specifically trained workers would cause worker hours to rise in that area where a shortage existed and of course the market would cause wages to rise conspicuosly.

  •  The gutting of education (16+ / 0-)

    has been front and center in WI as it is being taken over by business interests.  If Walker has his way, the public schools will soon be serving only special needs students that charter and voucher schools will not take, and the UW system will be a shell of its former self.  The drain of experienced teachers from the public school system is horrifying to watch--I have had a front row seat, and it should be causing people to storm the capitol with pitchforks and torches.  I do not understand how 53% of the WI electorate continues to vote against their own interests.  I do not recognize what WI has become, and I have lived here all of my life.

    Wisconsin: It's war, you know. We didn't start it, but we'll keep fighting in it until we win

    by isewquilts2 on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 08:22:16 PM PDT

  •  i for one (2+ / 0-)
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    happymisanthropy, dilutedviking

    welcome our corporate overlords.
    we should dedicate all of our effort into training more cheap labor for them!!!

    •  Yeah! To hell with critical thinking, theory, and (1+ / 0-)
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      madcitysailor

      the arts!

      Angry snark aside, I wonder what the hell goes on in the mind of anyone, of any professed political persuasion, who honestly believes that the primary focus of an education should be to learn how to man the machines and turn a profit for some arrogant shithead they'll never meet, and who would dump them for cheap foreign labor in a heartbeat.

      It's a cynical, mercenary take on education which is breathtakingly ugly and barren.

  •  And yet... (7+ / 0-)

    ...after a person goes to so many interviews where they are dismissed off the bat as someone who is over-qualified or "wouldn't be happy" with that kind of work, job-seekers eventually get the message and stop applying for jobs where they think they won't be considered.

    In other words, there are probably a lot of people willing to resort to ANY work right now, but they have been shunted away by the terribly inefficient job-matching system.

    Answer: bring back direct employment offices which will put people in jobs they can do with the minimum of B.S.

    Le nirvane n'existe pas. - Etienne Lamotte

    by breakingranks on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 08:27:45 PM PDT

    •  like a union hiring hall perhaps? (2+ / 0-)
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      basket, LarryNM
      The hiring hall is the heart of the ILWU's brand of democratic  unionism. Since 1934, when thousands of longshoremen shut down the Pacific Coast in the great strike that led to the formation of the ILWU, the principles embodied in the ILWU hiring hall have bound together workers who have sought equal opportunity to work under safe conditions at a fair wage, The hiring hall has always been more than a place where jobs are dispatched. It is where earnings and work opportunity are equalized, and jobs are distributed in a fair and democratic system untarnished by prejudice or favoritism,

      The ILWU hiring hall which at times was also put in place in the warehouse division includes the union's cherished principle of fighting against persecution and discrimination based on a person's race, religion or politics, Just as importantly, the hall has also been the center of the Union's internal communication and discipline. On, a daily basis the hall has also been a social and political center of the ILWU longshore community. Weakening the hall and diminishing control over dispatching increases employers' control over work and the workers. In 1934 men died in the struggle to abolish the abuses of the old "shape-up" system.

      http://www.ilwu19.com/...
  •  Cradle to grave wage slavery, woohoo! n/t (5+ / 0-)

    I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night, alive as you and me.

    by plankbob on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 08:33:08 PM PDT

  •  Maybe business' hiring pool would be better (3+ / 0-)

    if they paid more.

    "A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself." - Joseph Pulitzer

    by CFAmick on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 08:42:12 PM PDT

  •  I have a counter-offer: (7+ / 0-)

    How about.. instead of being radical... we adopt a centrist approach.

    Say... a program designed to help hasten the death of public education.

    We'll call it Race To The Top.

    Or, if your on the GOP team, we can call it No Child Left Behind.

    How's that sound?

    /angry snark

    Do you know WHY the GOP moves farther right at warp speed?

    Because the Democrats, with their Free Trade, Banksters Chief of Staff, Deficit Commission, Heritage Foundation Healthcare, Public Defenses of Wall Street, Public Calls for Renewing Patriot Act.. expansion of government powers via NDAA.. pursuit of whistleblowers (Bradley Manning, anyone?), expansion of police state activities (targeted killings, anyone?)...

    ...are nipping at the heels of the GOP and the GOP knows it.  They're doing the best they can moving farther right.  

    Imagine how exhausted they must be.

    Excuse me, Sir, would you care for a side of Patriot Act with that Free Trade Job Off-Shoring Treaty?

    Kabuki.

    I voted for Change. Not Three Chiefs of Staff from Wall Street Banks. Not Bernanke, Summers, Geithner, Holder, Simpson, or a Monsanto Lobbyist. Not more Free Trade. Not more Patriot Act. Not defending Wall Street's Savvy Businessmen.

    by Johnathan Ivan on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 08:52:51 PM PDT

  •  Isn't it evil to have government follow a citizen (5+ / 0-)

    from cradle to grave? Isn't that the complaint about the welfare state--that there is no freedom from government interference? Once again Republicans twist themselves into pretzels condemning Democrats for behaviors far more benign than their own. They can determine a child's destiny at birth as a cog a in machine as in the classic film Metropolis, they can control a woman's uterus against her will, but they condemn Democrats for constructing a safety net to support people through difficult times.

    Once again Republicans unconsciously betray their real motive:  to wield power over others.

    "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

    by Lily O Lady on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 09:03:33 PM PDT

    •  Do we think that government doesn't (0+ / 0-)

      already "follow" us from cradle to grave?  We have social security numbers and social security data is already gathered - every job we have, so every period of unemployment, our salary (or wage if you prefer), etc.  How about our IRS data?  How about every timeyou buy something at any store nowadays - what you bought, what you paid, etc.  We have no privacy, friends.  Long gone.

      •  My point is that Social Security Numbers (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        LarryNM, dilutedviking

        don't determine ones destiny except to guarantee that you will have some money in your old age to keep poverty at bay. As for what we buy in stores, private corporations track that information which has little or nothing to do with government.

        The issue here isn't privacy, but the fact that private corporations are using government and the lives of its citizens to suit the corporations' own ends (profit). Privacy is another matter and another argument.

        "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

        by Lily O Lady on Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 08:31:02 AM PDT

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  •  Truly appalling! (0+ / 0-)

    Is this really what we're becoming?

    And even though it all went wrong I'll stand before the Lord of Song with nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah! -Leonard Cohen .................@laurenreichelt

    by TheFatLadySings on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 09:03:52 PM PDT

  •  Re (3+ / 0-)
    There will be no more artists, philosophers, writers (unless it is business related), or free spirits who go the ways of the wind. No, the future the GOP wants is one where our destiny is decided at birth and we work in that job until the day we die.
    Without business, there are no such things as artists, philosophers, and writers. Business ultimately pays all the bills, all the time.

    Giving students a career track into economically valuable skills that actually pay a salary is a good thing, right? What exactly is the complaint here? With job training that starts in high school, students will have a job instead of not a job. Mobility is great and all, but you need a job to move from first!

    (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
    Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

    by Sparhawk on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 09:09:25 PM PDT

    •  Business doesn't pay all the bills, all the time. (2+ / 0-)
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      dhcallahan, LarryNM

      Not everything worth doing can be done for a profit.  But yes, most people want to be educated so as to get ajob, because the vast majority of us have to work for a living.  So, indeed, what is wrong with that?

      The problem with the Republican attitude is that they always blame the institutions they hate, e.g. the schools, for some state of affairs that is equally their fault.  If businesses haven't been getting what they want from the schools, then why haven't they gone to the schools before to express their needs?  And it isn't the fault of schools that people don't show up on time and use drugs.  Students have parents and the parents are responsible.  So blaming the schools is just more Republicans throwing gratuitous insults at social institutions they don't like.

    •  Without artists and writers working as copywriters (1+ / 0-)
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      ranton

      and ad creators, business wouldn't have the money to "pay the bills, all the time."

      And last I knew, there were and are a whole lot of business that aren't paying their bills, and are being kept afloat with taxpayer dollars. Some of that bailout money even came from...wait for it...artists, professors of philosophy, and writers.

      Your anti-arts, pro-corporation stance is severely off-putting, as is your enthusiastic endorsement of what essentially constitutes a communist take on public education as a means of chruning out complaint little worker drones.

  •  I'm reading a book about Detroit (4+ / 0-)

    by Scott Martelle. Here's a quote about Henry Ford's profit-sharing program:

    "To qualify for the program, and the job, workers had to allow representatives from Ford's new Sociological Department to inspect their homes and ensure the workers and their families were living clean lives of frugality and sobriety"
    Get that? A "sociological department"

    No Jesus, Know Peace

    by plok on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 09:15:31 PM PDT

  •  Sooner or later (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Lucy Montrose

    It all comes to the helm.

    "I've had all I can takes and I won't takes no more."

    Underemployed global Popeye's just tired of the abuse.

    I'll probably be dead by then. But I'm still looking forward to the day.

    Just piss-off. Your "money" aint worth shit.

    I want a living planet, not just a living room.

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 09:38:35 PM PDT

  •  From birth to grave? (4+ / 0-)

    I recall a quote from Mussolini stating the fascist state owned its citizens from birth to death.

    In the afterlife, the Church could do what it wanted.

    It was meant to illustrate the hold of the totalitarian regime on its subjects

  •  I KNEW IT!!! (5+ / 0-)

    "Soft skills" have very little to do with actual courtesy or actually working cooperatively. It's just cheerful obedience to the corporate party line, and making sure we're spending all our energy on self-presentation and representing the company brand. Even off the clock.

    "Soft skills" are the social graces and attitudes of the 1%. They want to screen out anyone who won't dedicate their lives to promoting and protecting the wealthiest.

    That's what they mean by the "skills gap", and what they alwayas have meant. American workers just think for themselves too much. We don't LIKE our employers attempting to own us and take control of our personal lifestyles. We don't LIKE being personality-tested, power-tripped by 1% wannabes, and having aspersions cast upon our very characters for disagreeing with the powerful in our companies. We don't LIKE livings and livelihoods turned into gifts bestowed or withheld on the whims of Magic Fairy Jobmothers™.

    Above all, we don't LIKE the idea of being locked into one profession all our lives. We want the freedom to adapt to different jobs, and not only stick to the "strengths" we've always had, or what we've always been a "fit" for.

    And as such, we aren't wanted by these "job creators". They want to own us, and we don't go for that. So they'll either demoralize us into people who will; or just look at other countries to find people who will.

    Real Democrats don't abandon the middle class. --John Kerry

    by Lucy Montrose on Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 01:20:59 AM PDT

    •  Sorry, but I've see too over too many years (0+ / 0-)

      just want a paycheck and not willing to actually work for it.

      My experience is office work. I've no knowledge of mfg or other occupations except as a customer.

      People who don't know how to deal with customers of all levels - the general public - you and me. It goes all the way from rude to not giving a bleep.

      I blame the management for not clearly setting out company policies. I also blame parents and schools.

      I briefly worked at a department store a few years ago. We were trained how to ring up a sale, but not how to make the sale. Nor were we taught how to greet and interact with the customer. These things not only effect the stores bottom line, but the salespersons paycheck since a good portion is based on commission.

      I think too many corps don't train their managers who don't train or supervise their staff. You can tell those that do. Just think about your own interaction with waitstaff, sales staff, CS personal, etc.

      Why is it that Apple always rates #1 in CS while it's a nightmare to contact other companies. Apple's CS people are trained, knowledgeable, admire the company (for the most part) and I would hope are decently paid. But it all starts at the top.

      Progressives will win only when we convince a majority that they, too, are Progressive. And... It’s the Supreme Court, stupid!

      by auapplemac on Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 04:36:49 AM PDT

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      •  Why don't they teach customer interaction? (1+ / 0-)
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        dilutedviking

        Because, I suspect, like all training they find it too costly. People who make hiring decisions in this country have become increasingly out of touch with reality-- surrendering their decision making power to computers and algorithms, allowing the results of assessment tests to constitute an accurate picture of the whole of a job candidate's history, and above all, expecting all job candidates to be fully-formed packages, when the very definition of human is "work in progress" and "learn on the job".

        They have turned lying, especially about oneself, into a survival skill-- and customer service into a license to indulge in our basest stereotypes about people.

        Look in your average Apple store: Do you see any CS agents who are older? Less conventionally attractive?
        Or do they all seem to be about the same age, the same appearance, the same personality?

        If not-- then congratulations: Apple believes that anyone can be a good iPhone salesperson if they just treat the customer with respect, and that there are many different ways to give good service. But if they are... then they're swallowing the subconscious message that only a certain type of person "sells".

        How much of the problem you describe is inherent to a sales job? At least one business advice type has made the case that nowadays, every job is a sales job. And if so,  and if my theory about inherency is correct; then we have a real problem on our hands with living up to our egalitarian ideals.

        Because only the young, attractive, narrowly happy-looking, and compliant "sell" well, according to the subconscious minds of many decision makers. And that also leaves us wide open to intrusions in our private lives, being fired for disagreement with the boss or posting the wrong thing on social media. Because anything that might disrupt the sales pitch is not to be tolerated.

        And of course, the onus is squarely on us to remain "salable". "Salable", of course, meaning
        "attractive and non-threatening to the 1 percent".  

        Real Democrats don't abandon the middle class. --John Kerry

        by Lucy Montrose on Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 07:28:41 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  I've seen this movie (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    PrahaPartizan, LarryNM

    They want DRONES

  •  Neo-Feudalism (3+ / 0-)
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    "...In other words, they will work on developing laws that use the public education system to orient, train, and track kids into the corporate working world at a young age. Rep. Farrow mentioned that he would like that tracking to begin in first grade. But Tim Sullivan, who appeared before the committee as Scott Walker’s recently appointed “Special Consultant for Business and Workforce Development,” has even more ambitious ideas: “In workforce development we say, you begin at birth and end at the grave.”
    I seem to recall that back in the day they used to call a system like this, let me think, "feudalism."  The next thing you know the Republicans will be demanding droit de seigneur for their corporate lieges.

    "Love the Truth, defend the Truth, speak the Truth, and hear the Truth" - Jan Hus, d.1415 CE

    by PrahaPartizan on Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 06:27:07 AM PDT

    •  "Stick to your strengths"... (2+ / 0-)
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      It all starts so innocently, with that phrase. Said with a smile and a friendly tone of voice. The person delivering it cares about you, after all. They care about your happiness on the job, which is not only good for your psyche but would make you a better worker.

      Then if you turn around and ask them, "OK, how to I add NEW strengths to my life?" -- they give you a baffled look.

      Because they believe that people are baked into the cake after a certain age, you see. They don't think it's cost-effective to teach old dogs new tricks... even though those old dogs are living longer, stronger and more healthy than ever.

      They also believe that you can't teach a good attitude, therefore giving them the license to permanently ignore someone they subjectively finger as "having the wrong attitude"... and contributing to our whole culture of choosing not to care about thinking or intellectual curiosity.

      Because the sales pitch is uber alles, and too often the intellect leads us to do disruptive things like questioning and standing up for oneself, when the skills they REALLY want are "shut up and sell, baby, sell."

      Real Democrats don't abandon the middle class. --John Kerry

      by Lucy Montrose on Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 07:43:32 AM PDT

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  •  The "Work for Welfare" Party has tried this (1+ / 0-)
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    "Work for Unemployment" stunt elsewhere.

    The part that galls them is that the "Work for a Decent Wage" party tends to win elections when they try these stunts.

    The Muslim said "I wished I had met Christ before I met the Christians" - Rev. Marvin Winins

    by captainlaser on Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 07:21:53 AM PDT

    •  Exactly. I take heart in that. (2+ / 0-)
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      I am refreshed beyond words that people are FINALLY starting to question the whole "skills gap" BS en masse. Once upon a time, it was only a few people like [corcodilos.cpm/blog Nick Corcodilos] doing it. Now it's starting to catch on on a wider scale.

      The perfect talking point. The Republicans want to control your personal life, in the process of making you the best "fit" for your job. They want to make it more difficult to find your career path your own way, by starting the process of job preparation and tracking ever younger. In short, they want to remove your freedom of choice of profession; and even, by extension, your freedom to shape what kind of person you want to be.

      Real Democrats don't abandon the middle class. --John Kerry

      by Lucy Montrose on Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 07:48:04 AM PDT

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  •  Walker is shameless. (2+ / 0-)
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    He and his Christian Dominionist cronies have been diverting funds from the public school systems in WI for years in order to prop up the statistically proven failure of a system called "vouchers".

    Nothing like gutting schools and then blaming them for not being able to keep up!

  •  And Scott Walker is an exemplar. (0+ / 0-)

    Of course Walker's educational shortcomings are overlooked! He ticks off all the boxes on many psychological lists. He knows exactly what he wants, he looks happy, and he has the marriage and churchgoing boxes checked. Above all, he's confident and plows forward, no matter the consequences to others... and self-confidence is what we've all been told is a non-cognitive job requirement for years.

    Real Democrats don't abandon the middle class. --John Kerry

    by Lucy Montrose on Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 07:53:43 AM PDT

  •  Damn socialists. (0+ / 0-)

    When the corporatists complain about lack of trained workers, how about responding:

    "Why do you expect the taxpayers to pay to train your workers? Isn't that socialism? Shouldn't the free market train its own workers?"

    "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

    by HeyMikey on Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 08:46:48 AM PDT

  •  Hmmm, they DON'T believe in centralized planning? (0+ / 0-)
    No, the future the GOP wants is one where our destiny is decided at birth and we work in that job until the day we die.

    "Push the button, Max!" Jack Lemmon as Professor Fate, The Great Race

    by bartcopfan on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 08:15:47 AM PDT

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