Offended Woman Says Mike Rowe’s ‘Hard Work’ Ethic Belittles Higher Education. Here’s His Biting Response.

TV star Mike Rowe posted an NPR article to Facebook on Thursday that noted the massive number of vacant high-paying trade jobs as high school graduates continue to sign up for four-year-degrees. The post, which included commentary from Rowe, was not well received by everyone, especially one woman who was offended by Rowe’s pro-“hard work” mantra, telling him he’s attacking higher education and shaming those who choose to attend university.

“Yesterday, I posted an article that dared to question the universal wisdom of pushing everyone toward a four-year degree. The article reached 3 million people, and not everyone was pleased,” posted Rowe on Friday.

Here’s what one Dawn Baker wrote to Mr. Rowe: “Is it your intent to make those who choose college to feel ashamed, lazy and brainwashed? Our country’s education system is under attack, and you seem to be supplying more ammunition to those attacking it……There’s a reason many of these jobs pay well – they are truly HARD WORK – physically hard. Dangerous hard. Mentally hard. Feel free to send reps to the local unemployment office and brow beat them to send people to these jobs. Whether you mean to or not – your are sending a very bad message to those who want to destroy our higher education system.”

The former “Dirty Jobs” star agreed with Baker about higher education being under attack — sort of. “You’re right — our countries educational system is indeed under attack. But the attack is from within, and the wounds are self-inflicted,” he explained. . .

“Point is, Dawn, the hypocrisy in our educational system is rank, the bias undeniable, the disrespect for our flag ubiquitous, and the entire ‘safe space’ mentality the exact opposite of what life is like in the real world. Higher education has created its own PR nightmare,” he wrote. “Is it any wonder parents are trying to figure out if their kids should be sent into such a lopsided environment? Is it any wonder reasonable people are beginning to question the value of a four-year degree?” (Read more from “Offended Woman Says Mike Rowe’s ‘Hard Work’ Ethic Belittles Higher Education. Here’s His Biting Response.” HERE)

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