‘It’s Mind-Boggling’: Mike Rowe Tells Tucker Americans ‘Starting To Get The Message’ On College Education

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“Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe told Daily Caller co-founder Tucker Carlson that Americans may be “starting to get the message” on seeking a college education in an interview released Thursday.

Rowe explained to Carlson that research indicating young people are ranking a college education lower on the scale of importance is a “good thing,” prompting the Tucker Carlson Network (TCN) creator to agree that a diploma does not mean its recipient is educated.

“Do you see any evidence that, I know people are listening to you, and I, again, would argue I haven’t seen anyone kind of refute what you’re saying,” Tucker said. “But do you have any sense that it’s there’s changing, that it’s moving?”

Rowe said the cultural expectation of going to college after high school is “a consensus” most Americans “fall in line” with. He likened the idea of “supporting things that we personally don’t really support” to the behavior of people on Twitter, calling it a “collective illusion.” (RELATED: ‘I Don’t Know Why They Hate Us So Much’: Gold Star Father Arrested At SOTU Tells Tucker Biden ‘Never’ Contacted Him)

“If you look for it, you’ll see it everywhere. It’s mind-boggling,” Rowe told Carlson. “And this was kind of a wake-up call for me because for 15 years I’ve been talking about this deeply held belief.”

“The parents and guidance counselors are, truly believe that the best path for their kids, is this most expensive path,” Rowe continued. “But the latest research. When you really sit people down and take a deep, deep dive … Gen Z right now is ranking the importance of a college education out of 50 different things at 47.”

“That seems high,” Carlson reacted.

“Well, it used to be three, right? But in the course of the last 5 or 6 years, like a lot of people, it made me wonder, has something shifted? It in that generation that I just haven’t seen, and I’m hopeful that it has,” Rowe said. “People are starting to get the message that just because you’ve got $200,000 in debt and a nice diploma doesn’t mean the world is going to beat a pathway to your door. It doesn’t mean you’re going to get hired in your chosen field.”

“Doesn’t mean you’re well educated,” Carlson said.

“Doesn’t mean anything at all. Except for the fact that you owe $200,000, right? That’s what it means,” Rowe added.

Rowe called college diplomas “a receipt” for the “information you got in exchange” to receive it. The “Dirty Jobs” host said it’s a “good thing” that the college diploma, which he called “the golden ticket,” is “starting to wane.”

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