I’ve been noticing recently, how qualified do people really need to be to do a job?
Before we go to the obvious (and hilarious) example of the Coldest State’s Hottest Governor, I’d like to take a moment to analyze an example in my own life. My Greek Literature teacher doesn’t seem to know Greek myths. I’m not joking, I have to correct her nearly every time. And it’s not just small details, either. Motives of characters, abilities of gods… These are pretty big holes in her stories. Apparently she’s been at the job for more than a decade. I feel like that’s sort of important, if you’re teaching Greek stories.
Let’s take another look at someone closer… Me. I recently was hired a $5 a job helping with code in iPod/iPhone applications. The best part? I don’t even know the code language they’re written in! Doesn’t that seem like one of the basic requirements for the job? Not that I’m complaining, of course; in these day of economic turmoil I can use all the money I can get. But still, it seems natural to want a coder who knows code.
A few nights ago, Sen. John McCain, presidential candidate, stated on-air during his final debate with Barack Obama that he would give teaching degrees to veterans coming back from the Middle East, despite not having gone through the necessary classes and degrees.
(video clip from 3:55 to 4:11)
Do you want your children taught by unqualified teachers? Is that even an option?
And of course, no article about insufficient qualifications would be complete without a mention of that gem of a woman and potential vice president, Sarah Palin. Sure, if we ever needed someone to guard the border between the US and Russia, she’s our girl, but beyond that… Well, let’s just hope McCain doesn’t die on us.
I’m sure you’ve all seen it before: someone at your job, your school, getting promoted or getting good grades that definitely does NOT meet what should be the necessary requirements. Whether it’s a dumb person in your AP Calculus class, a jerk taking your Executive VP job at your company, or something else, these sort of things happen all the time!
I guess we can’t all meet standards, but come on. This is a bit ridiculous. If you can’t meet logical minimums, please, take a less complex job. I’m sure Joe the Plumber can hook you up.