An article out in the Washington Post yesterday brought up Scott Walker’s lack of a completed college degree and asked a variety of questions about why he never completed it. For Walker’s part, he says it was because he went to work to support his family and finishing the degree simply never happened in his last year at Marquette. It is typically a tradition in this country that our Presidents not only have college degrees, but have degrees from top Ivy League institutions. The last President to win the presidency without an Ivy League education was Ronald Reagan, who graduated from Eureka College in Illinois.

From the Washington Post:

Scott Walker was gone. Dropped out. And in the spring of his senior year.

In 1990, that news stunned his friends at Marquette University. Walker, the campus’s suit-wearing, Reagan-loving politico — who enjoyed the place so much that he had run for student body president — had left without graduating.

To most of the Class of 1990 — and, later, to Wisconsin’s political establishment — Walker’s decision to quit college has been a lingering mystery.

Not even his friends at Marquette were entirely sure why he never finished. Some had heard that a parent had fallen ill, or maybe there was some financial strain. Others thought he had simply had enough of school.

My question here is simple. Does it matter whether any given candidate has a college degree versus life experience? In Walker’s case, he’s about a year shy of a bachelors degree. However, what if he had not attempted college at all?

Would you vote for someone on the basis of their education or against them?

11 COMMENTS

  1. There are age and residency requirements for most political offices but I fail to see any where an educational requirement. His short experience in running Wisconsin is his education and shouldn’t be held in any less regard than the current batch of freshman senators running for president simply because he doesn’t have a degree. Many of the same people who criticize Gov. Walker for not finishing college defend President Obama for his refusal to produce college transcripts.

    • I take no offense at your post but, on second thought, don’t you find the Village Idiot so absolutely right. Poll you checker at Walmart, the Piazza Delivery guy, or your postman and evaluate their answers

      • Tess; My pizza delivery man is from Panama, my Postman is from China and my Walmart checker from some where in Central America. Hardly a good example for understanding the documents that founded this nation but I do understand where you are coming from. Unfortunately he’s admitting that’s the voters our politicians pander to and get elected by.

  2. I think it partly depends upon the degree. However, regardless of degree, higher learning makes a big difference. It’s about breaking through the propaganda and pablum you get the first 12 years.

    “When I think back on all the crap
    I learned in high school,
    it’s a wonder I can think at all.”

    • On a daily basis I use the so called “pablum’ that I learnt in the first 12 years much more than the liberal propaganda crapola I experienced in college.
      That’s easy for Paul Simon to say when you are a musical genius but not a slogan to live by.

      • Times have changed, Bob. High school graduates are only trained in certain mind skills. Primarily, in how (not why) to select a, b, or c on tests. The Arts are long gone, Reading and Literature is in shambles. On literary tests students are given short exerts to read and pick a, b, c or d as the answer. No essays. No stretching the mind to come up with creative answers. Over 50% of required reading of books are modern day fiction. Do you think we could find one graduate who would have good conversational knowledge of the golden Age of Roman Drama or Gaius Lucilius? Or Sir Wallter Scott’s Lady of the Lake or Ivanhoe? I am a believer that Junior Colleges should be free. After all, taxpayer’s money is their prime support, even paying for their lawn to be mowed. Tuition money helps pay for the elaborate promotions of the school, astonishing visual effects when entering the front door, faculty dinners and retreats, and all those little expensive things we never knew they did. So cut the frills and educate our young people. Teach them to be able to go on to a higher education. For the young who cannot do this, financially or otherwise, teach them a vocational skill in those two years. Prepare them for a good future.

        • Tess: It sounds like we are on the same page here.

          “I’d rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 500 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University.”……William F. Buckley Jr.

    • Paul Simon was grabbing the minds of the semi-rebellious marketshare of the Era (50’s and 60’s) – he, himself, had a B.A. in Underwater Basketweaving from Marquette (Walker’s school) and even started his Law Degree classes. –

      Primary school (k-8) should be pure “3-R’s”, apolitical & areligious – Secondary school, continued 3-R’s plus a 4th R and a P, also matriculation for entry level to a discipline in real world or higher education. The 4th R should be a requirement and equal time and expertise on the 5 most popular religions of the time and the P should also be required with equal time and focus on Democrats, GOP, & Libertarian.

      Originally higher education was to give you a “well rounded” knowledge of the world and it’s workings and as soon as matriculated a better focus on a particular discipline.

      College is not for everyone and trade schools will most often suffice for your Discipline education. If someone is 22 years old or older they should be able to opt out of all the underwater basketweaving courses as they have already been exposed to and ridiculed enough about not being “well rounded”.

      I am betting that Walker, already participating in politics, and a conservative saw no more value for Marquette and its Political Correctness as well as his family does NOT come from money and Marquette is a private school.

      Tess, Junior and Community Colleges presently get funding from the State – lets the states modify the funding. Once again just another thrust by the Feds to get control of the Citizen and their money and freedoms.

      • Sam…thanks for remembering my name. It sounds like you are truly back on top of your game. There is no one I truly enjoy crossing swords with more than you.

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