The Dust Bowl Dance Of A New Generation

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In the 1920’s, the American economy was on the rise with no sign of stopping. Nicknamed the “Roaring ‘20’s,” this era brought about good times for most everyone except farmers. Farmers were buying expensive, new farm equipment with hopes of large returns, but their increased efficiency saturated the market. Their crop production increased too rapidly, and, to sustain themselves, farmers feverishly began to plant as many crops as possible to make up for falling prices. This over farming ruined the soil of it’s grasses. With no rooting to hold the topsoil, the prevailing winds of the 1930’s swept the soil all over the Midwest and destroyed any chances of farming for a profit. After it all, the need to pay off the debt they acquired while buying that expensive, new farm equipment forced the farmers to move away and get city jobs. This event was known as the Dust Bowl. In the 2010’s, America faces a similar threat. Teenagers are going to expensive colleges with hopes of large returns, but the abundance of college graduates is saturating the market. This lack of good jobs leads to over-qualified people being under-employed. The non-college graduates in this situation cannot get a decent job and feel that the only way to get employed is to go to college, leading to even more graduates. After it all, the need to pay off the debt acquired while going to expensive colleges forces the college graduates to scrounge for money in sub-par employments. I would call it the College Bowl, but that would sound a little too much like some sort of Football event. Maybe the Graduate Bowl would be a better substitute for the Dust Bowl, since being a college graduate these days just feels like being dust in the wind. Education is no longer the way to get ahead in this country; it might actually be more efficient for falling behind.
Graduating college means nothing in this day and age. There is a good chance that a college graduate scanned the milk that you bought from the grocery store today and a college graduate probably refilled your glass of water in the last week. According to a report by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, thirty-eight percent of the graduates from the class of 2010 are working jobs that do not even require a high school diploma with a total of forty-eight percent of the class being underemployed. The main reason for this is simple: the amount of graduates is increasing faster than the amount of jobs. According to the American Census Bureau, the number of Americans under the age of twenty-five with at least a bachelor’s degree has risen thirty-eight percent since 2000 and the job market is not even close to accommodating all of these young graduates. With government policies giving incentives to increase the amount of degrees given and people like Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee saying that having fewer graduates risks “the very foundation of the American Dream,” it...

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