Students march 2 by 2 into graduation, just as soldiers march 2 by 2 into war, just as prisoner-of-war march 2 by 2 into stockades while the rest of us march 2 by 2 into our homes to watch it all on the nightly news. Being so close to “as it happens” is the price we pay for technology; a technology that is controlling how we are to be bombarded by events of the day, from all across the world and from across the universe as we poke-our-noses into a new frontier.
We have learned to communicate in streaming world of digital reality where texting on the phone with both thumbs has replaced talking on it. Soldiers can complete their online classes via satellite while being deployed to a war zone, instead of having to wait until the conflict is over to expand their minds.
We are rapidly becoming anonymous, like Ellison’s “Invisible Man,” or Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis.” We are learning to scream and yell without opening our mouths; hate without being face-to-face, and lie without the slightest provocation because we have taken on the persona of our avatar.
According to an article published Sunday, June 3, 2012, 68% of High School graduates in 2011 attended College.
Here is some interesting data:
- $74 Billion will be spent by parents on back-to-school shopping
- There are over 98,000 K-12 Schools in the US
- There are over 9,000 Colleges and Universities and other schools in the US
- Over 19 million students will attend some form of higher education
- Only 3.4 million the previous year graduated
- 56% of college students are females
- There are 7.2 million teachers
- Average teacher salary is more than $68,000
- Average hourly rate for school bus drivers is over $16
- On average there is one computer for every 4 students
- Average tuition for public colleges and universities is a little over $16,000
- Average tuition for private colleges and universities is a little over $40,000
NOTE: In 1966, tuition on average was $2,500
- Average annual earning for college graduates is over $85,000