Stay Out of School

  • Aired:  05/09/13
  •  | Views: 88,637

Amid skyrocketing tuition costs and dismal job prospects, Aasif Mandvi imparts a healthy fear of higher education to a group of at-risk young people. (4:57)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK TO THE

SHOW.

YOU KNOW, I BELIEVE IT WAS

SOLZHENITSYN WITHOUT ONCE

SAID I BELIEVE THE CHILDREN

ARE OUR FUTURE, TEACH THEM

WELL AND LET THEM LEAD THE

WAY, OR SOMEBODY SAID THAT.

BUT WHAT SHOULD WE TEACH

THEM AND WHERE SHOULD WE

LEAD THEM.

AASIF MANDVI INVESTIGATES.

>> Reporter: YOUNG PEOPLE

TODAY ARE UNDER HE FOR HOUSE

PRESSURE AND IT'S EASIER

THAN EVER FOR THEM TO SLIP

OFF THE RAILS.

IN THE '70s THE SCARED

STRAIGHT PROGRAM TRIED TO

SAVE TROUBLED TEENS BY

PUTTING THEM FACE-TO-FACE

WITH HARDENED CRIMINALS.

TODAY'S AT-RISK YOUTH NEED A

NEW SCARED STRAIGHT.

>> I HAVE ONE PERSON THAT I

WANT TO YOU MEET.

THIS GUY IS GOING TO MELT

YOUR BRAIN.

>> Reporter: PJ, GET IN HERE.

>> HOW RAO DOING?

OPINIONS OKAY, HE MAY NOT

LOOK SCARY.

BUT WAIT UNTIL YOU HEAR HIS

STORY.

>> I SCREWED MY LIFE UP

GOING TO COLLEGE.

A PRIVATE INSTITUTION.

DIDN'T RESEARCH, DIDN'T

THINK WHEN I TOOK LOANS OUT.

I OWE $170,000.

THAT'S A LOT OF MONEY.

>> Reporter: YES, PJ WAS

HERE TO SCARE KIDS WHO WERE

AT-RISK OF A COLLEGE

EDUCATION.

COST ARE UP OVER $1,000

PERCENT IN THE LAST 30 YEAR,

STUDENT DEBT AT AN ALL-TIME

HIGH AND JOB PROSPECTS ARE

DISMAL.

CAREER ADVISOR MARTY THEMCO.

>> FOR MANY MORE PEOPLE THAN

IN DECADES PAST, COLLEGE IS

THE WRONG CHOICE.

THOSE WHO ARE AVERAGE

STUDENTS IN HIGH SCHOOL, WHO

WENT INTO COLLEGE, THEY END

UP DOING JOBS THAT THEY

COULD HAVE DONE STRAIGHT OUT

OF HIGH SCHOOL LIKE SELLING

EXTENDED WARRANTIES.

OR THEY ARE BARTENDERS.

>> I HAVE A STUDENT THAT

THEY HAD A BARTENDING MAJOR.

>> I THINK THAT IS CALLED

ENGLISH LITERATURE.

>> Reporter: YEAH, ENGLISH

LIT, NICE!

WHOOO!

SO HAD OUR GIVEN THESE

ISSUES THOUGHT.

>> WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO MAJ

NEVER HNS.

>> HISTORY.

>> SOCIALIOLOGY.

>> JOURNALISM.

>> WOW, DO SU HAVE A TIME

MACHINE?

BECAUSE YOU'RE GOING TO NEED

ONE TO GO BACK IN TIME TO

WHEN PEOPLE GIVE [BLEEP]

ABOUT JOURNALISM DEGREES.

>> LOOKS LIKE THESE KIDS

NEED A PJ TO PUT THE FEAR OF

SCHOOL IN THEM.

>> I ADD GRA YATED WITH A

DEGREE IN IL STRACHLINGTS I

DON'T EVEN DO ART AT ALL.

$170,000.

THAT'S A HOUSE.

>> ILLUSTRATION IS AN

ECONOMICALLY USELESS DEGREE.

I WILL BE DEAD BEFORE THESE

LOANS ARE PAID OFF.

DON'T MAKE THE MISTAKES I

DID.

>> MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

>> WHAT DID YOU FEEL LIKE

YOU GOT OUT OF THAT.

>> IT'S CLEAR I SHOULDN'T DO

ANYTHING WITH ILLUSTRATION.

THAT SEEMS LIKE A BAD LIFE

CHOICE.

>> THAT IS YOUR TAKE-AWAY

FROM IT YOU ARE GETTING A

PHOTOGRAPHY DEGREE.

>> TWO DIFFERENT THINGS,

RIGHT?

>> IDIOTS.

MAYBE WHAT THESE KIDS NEED

IS SOME PROFESSIONAL HELP.

>> LOOK RIGHT INTO THAT

CAMERA.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE

TO A TEENAGER WHO IS

THINKING ABOUT GOING TO

COLLEGE RIGHT NOW.

>> THINK FREE TIME, GIVE

EQUAL VALUE TO

APPRENTICESHIPS, TAKING A

BREAK FROM SCHOOL --

>> I'M SORRY, COULD YOU JAZZ

IT UP, YOU ARE TALKING TO

TEENAGERS.

>> HEY, DUDE, YOU KNOW THE

COLLEGE THING, THERE'S

SOMETHING UP WITH THAT, BUT

IS THAT THE WHOLE DEAL?

I'M NOT SO SURE.

YOU WANT TO CHECK OUT THE

OPTIONS.

THINGS LIKE, YOU KNOW,

APPRENTICESHIPS.

THERE ARE OPTIONS, DUDE OR

DUDETTE.

YOU KNOW, I HAVE TO BE

HONEST, YOU ARE KIND OF

AWESOME AT THAT.

>> THAT'S WHY I DO THE WORK

I DO, I LOVE IT.

>> Reporter: THIS TIME

MISSION DEFINITELY

ACCOMPLISHED.

>> THERE ARE OPTIONS, DUDE

OR DUDETTE.

>> SO WHO'S STILL GOING TO

COLLEGE?

>> OKAY, YOU KNOW WHAT?

TIME TO GIVE THIS JOB TO

GUYS WHO NEVER WENT TO

COLLEGE.

GUYS WITH REAL SKILL.

>> DUDETTE, GET IN HERE.

>> WHAT'S UP.

>> WHY YOU SMILING IT?

GET YOUR ASS UP HERE.

I'LL BREAK YOUR LIPS OFF.

>> I'M GOING TO DROP A BOMB

ON YOU.

IF YOU HATE GOING TO SCHOOL,

COLLEGE IS A LOT LIKE

SCHOOL.

>> STUDENT LOANS ARE LIKE

HERPES WITH COMPOUND

INTEREST.

>> YOU MAKE THE WRONG CHOICE,

YOU WILL HAVE TO MOVE BACK

HOME WITH MOMMA, BOY.

IF YOU WANT TO BE

INTERESTING AT PARTIES,

THREE WORD, MALCOLM [BLEEP]

GLADWELL.

>> YOU GOT A COLLEGE DEGREE

IN THIS HAND, IT'S DAY LET

PAPER IN THIS HAND.

>> YOU CA TAKE [BLEEP].

>> AFTER TWO HOURS OF

ENHANCED EDUCATION

TECHNIQUES I WAS HOPEFUL

THESE KIDS WOULD FINALLY

MAKE A SMARTER CHOICE THAN

GOING COLLEGE.

>> MAYBE NOW I WANT TO

INTERN AT A RECORDING STUDIO

OR SOMEWHERE ELSEWHERE I CAN

GET SOME FIRSTHAND, HANDS-ON

EXPERIENCE.

>> NICE, THAT WAS ALL WORTH

IT TO HAVE HELPED EVEN ONE

YOUNG PERSON TO STAY OUT OF

SCHOOL.

AND ONE MORE THING, LEARN

CHINESE.

IT WILL HELP.

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