Is college worth it?

Is Glenn anti-college? Last night on TV he had a bunch of current college students and recent graduates to discuss the value of their education versus the financial costs – and one listener wasn’t a fan of Glenn’s advice.

While the caller, Erica, is usually a big Glenn fan, she said, “I think you're giving maybe high school seniors false hope that they can just go out, educate themselves and get a job.”

Glenn pointed out that the majority of the radio staff – including himself – did not have college degrees. He also pointed out the successful entrepreneurs like the founder of JetBlue did not attend college.

“I am not anti‑education by any stretch of the imagination, and I made it very clear last night I am not anti‑college,” Glenn said. “Benjamin Franklin went and got his education as an apprentice. There is such a thing as getting an education other than through the gates of a university that are charging our children $100,000 to $150,000 to $250,000 just to be able to have a certificate that doesn't necessarily mean anything to them.”

“This entire society holds up an Ivy League education as, well, you'll ‑ everything is going to be rosy if you have that. We have a whole generation going into debt, massive, massive debt,” Glenn said.

“We're damning our children to hundreds of thousands of dollars,” Stu added. “Before they work a day in their life and they spend over half the time they're there in recreation.  It's insanity.”

Pat explained that he had originally got a job in radio as a teenager in order to save money for college, but when it was time to go to college he realized he was already doing something he loved and was making a living at it.

“I'm not anti‑education.  I am anti‑massive debt.  I am anti‑giving our children's souls over to these universities.  I am anti‑ this administration making internships almost impossible for businesses to do to be able to have them help the business,” Glenn said.

“We're teaching our high school students to go into college and then get that diploma and that will be a magic ticket to a job and then what happens?  And then they sit around and they say, well, nobody's giving me a job.  Get off your damn ass and create something,” Glenn exclaimed.

Glenn then started discussing his interns, many now employees, who got tremendous experience working for Mercury but also were huge contributors to the company. But when Jon, a Columbia University alum who works for Glenn, said he would leave school early to come work full time for Mercury – Glenn insisted he stay and finish school.

And what about Natasha, a producer for the radio show who also joined after her internship? You can read her story here.

Glenn concluded that education is very important – but there must be renewed respect for trade schools, apprenticeships, and entrepreneurs who choose not to go to college.

Glenn gives the latest coronavirus numbers, updating YOU on everything needed to know as Americans and officials monitor China's new COVID-19 virus:

Daily Stats as of 5:30 AM CT (from John's Hopkins)

  • Total Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 799,995 (up from 735,135 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 38,735 (up from 34,807 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 169,995 (up from 155,950 Yesterday)
  • 5% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) Steady from 5% Yesterday, but down from 19% high back in February
  • Note that 11% of US Confirmed Cases require Hospitalization, roughly on par with Italy at 12% requiring hospitalization
  • US has 164,359 Confirmed Cases and 3,173 Deaths, up from 142,746 cases and 2,489 deaths Yesterday
  • The United States of America now leads the world in total confirmed cases, with 63,000 more cases than Italy (although Italy leads the world in Deaths with 11,591 officially dead)
  • US has 3,173 Dead vs 5,507 Recovered and 3,512 in Critical Condition
  • The US Currently has 155,679 Active Cases of COVID-19, with less than 0.6% of the total US population tested
  • 15% of Americans who have been tested have been diagnosed with COVID-19
The Moment of Trump's Conversion: Dr Anthony Fauci Takes Full Responsibility
  • Dr Anthony Fauci, the Chief Medical Advisor to the coronavirus task force, explained on CNN that Trump listened and "got it right away" after being shown new data projecting as many as 3 Million deaths in the US if COVID-19 mitigation policies were lifted.
  • Fauci also said Trump's "first goal is to prevent suffering and death" and this was part of the reason why he knew the COVID-19 guidelines should be extended.
  • "You know, interestingly, we showed him the data, he looked at the data and he got it right away, it was a pretty clear picture," according to Fauci.
  • "Dr. Debbie Birx and I went in together and leaned over his desk and said 'Here is the data, take a look.'
  • Trump reportedly looked at them, understood the implications and he shook his head and said 'I guess we got to do it.'
  • "Medically, this is the right decision, and I stand behind it 100%," Fauci said.
  • "From a public health standpoint, we felt strongly that it would have been the wrong decision to pull back," Fauci said. "I mean, we are scientists, physicians, public health officials. We're not economists. We're sensitive to the idea that the economy could suffer, but weigh that against tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of American lives."
  • " was patently obvious looking at the data that at the end of the day if we try to push back prematurely, not only would we lose lives, but it probably would hurt the economy as well. So you would lose on double accounts. So, to us, there was no question what the right choice was."
Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland Join States Issuing House Arrest Orders
  • Maryland and Virginia became the latest states on Monday to enact "stay-at-home" mandates amid the coronavirus outbreak, except for essential travel for work.
  • Virginia's order is in effect until June 10, making it one of the longest statewide mandates implemented so far.
  • Maryland's penalties for violating its order are among some of the strictest in the country, including a $1000 fine, and up to 30 days jail time for repeat offenders.
  • In total, more than 210 Million Americans now effectively live under some form of House Arrest or Shelter In Place type orders, with another, 50 Million facing travel or shopping/eating restrictions.
  • Only 6 states have not closed schools.