Monday, January 2, 2012

Is There A Bottom To Stupidity?

EEOC: High school diploma requirement might violate Americans with Disabilities Act

Read the article

This is not an official ruling, yet. It's an opinion by the EEOC that a companies' requirement of a high school diploma for a job could be discriminatory if it “ ‘screens out’ an individual who is unable to graduate because of a learning disability that meets the ADA’s definition of ‘disability,’ ”

In their opinion, the high school diploma should only be a requirement if it is “job-related for the position in question and consistent with business necessity.”

I am not even sure where to start with this.

-Can anyone reading this think of a job in which a high school diploma would not be required to do the job satisfactorily?

Today's world is not as simple as when your parents or grandparents were looking for a job. A high school diploma was not as big of a requirement 50+ years ago. Today's employees need skills.

Take a housekeeper. Simple job, right? What about reading the warning labels on the bottles of cleaner? How would you like the housekeeper in your hotel mixing a quaternary cleaner (ammonia type) with bleach and producing a deadly gas?

Restaurant worker. Cooking requires reading recipes or other instructions. Some of the equipment is dangerous, what about warning labels? Instructions on how to clean your expensive equipment properly?

People do these jobs all of the time without high school diplomas, that's not a point worth arguing. The real question is, do they do them properly? Should a company be allowed to require a high school diploma so that they get the best employee?

-Lawsuits. Like I said, as of now this is not the rule of law. Does that matter in court? Especially if it is a far-left activist judge? We now have a whole new class of people that can sue if they did not get a job. Bet the body part you are now sitting on that there are plenty of judges that will rule for a job applicant that was discriminated against for not having a diploma.

Myself, I see advocates for the disabled crawling out from under their rocks on this one. Companies will get sued out of existence.

-Finally, as the article pointed out, this takes away one of the incentives for getting a high school diploma. If a kid is destined for a low-level minimum wage job and they know they will no longer be required to have a high school diploma to get the job, will they stay in school?

This is basically just a continuing effort of the left to dumb down America. They have destroyed our schools so badly that the reality is that the high school diploma companies have required, up till now, aren't worth a damn as it is. Now they are going to work to eliminate the diploma altogether.

Right now the US struggles to make the top 15 of any list for education (such as reading skills, science knowledge, math, etc) of countries in the world. Want to check back and see where we rank in 10 - 15 years?


sue hanes said...

Chuck - I think everyone should have a high school diploma.

I belive that anyone can get one.

Always On Watch said...

I call BS on the EEOC!

For four decades, I've taught students with significant learning differences. Guess what? They all graduated from high school, and most went on to college.


Because these students studied under the tutelage of teachers who employed the method now termed "diagnostic and prescriptive teaching." Indeed, all teaching except of those who are truly GT should be that of such a method. It works! Provided there is a good core curriculum in place.

cube said...

What bothers me is that so many workers today don't have the reading/writing/arithmatic skills that were common with students back in the day. Think about the vulnerability with the jobs that are expected today.

sue hanes said...

Chuck - I want to add to my first comment that sometimes on a daily basis I rely on what I learned in high school:

basic math

English - both grammar, writing and literature

rudimentary government

home ec

French (I do remember some of that)


and I never forgot how the boys bullied this one kid

and Other things

Chuck said...

Sue, it is not even an option in our house. We use what we learn almost everyday, whether we realize it or not.

AOW, I believe that almost any kid can learn if provided with the right tools

Cube, some high school graduates don't have the education needed

Greywolfe said...

hey Chuck. I heard about this when I was on my way to work this morning. Good grief, they aren't even trying to be shy about it any more.

I agree whole heartedly about the left's motivation in this. They won't be happy until all of America has been turned into a 3rd world nation and on "the dole".

Chuck said...

Greywolfe, welcome back - it's been awhile. I agree, the left is trying to drag us down

MK said...

I think it should be left up to the companies whether they want a HS Diploma or not. After all it's their business and if they hire someone unqualified to do the job, it'll be their loss.

People should not be allowed to sue on such stupid grounds.

Chuck said...

MK, well put. We can't let companies going around making their own decisions though - that would lead to chaos.