Big confusion coming to the fore on the occasion of reporters interviewing of “Occupy” militants. One young guy interviewed on NPR has $120,000 college debts. That is simply tragic. He majored in “German Studies.” More power to him but there was never any promise, explicit or implicit that his major would connect him to a job. The higher education contract for years has been that a degree will not give you a job unless it’s in Accounting or in one of several Engineering fields. If you want to be sure of a job, learn plumbing. When the young man was asked a direct question about his knowledge of the German language, he ducked. His English is not very good either. ( He said, “Very unique.”) I know I sound mean. That’s an expression of the bitterness I feel as a former college professor. I spoke loud then but I did not speak loud enough. Half of the students who went through my classes should not have been there at all. We deceived them like those merchants who post liquidation sales all year long. Or rather, professors kept silent when university administrators were engaging all around us in deceptive sales practices.