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December 5th, 2012
Young adults ‘too cool for school’ among those upset over no work
Shawn Brody is a high school dropout — he just didn’t see the point in all that school, the Huffington Post reports. Now 24, Brody crashes with his dad in Brooklyn and bounces between construction and farm jobs, sometimes cleaning up animals on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
“I didn’t think I would learn anything in college,” he said. “They don’t teach you how to stand up for your beliefs.” As a young man who pairs boots with leather jackets and a marijuana legalization T-shirt, he says he saw more value in self-education: attending punk concerts, anti-war protests and making (and selling) tote bags out of pants he finds in the trash. It’s all on his path toward the greater goal of opening a worker-owned coffee shop. Brody is not alone. According to a report released Tuesday evening by consulting firm McKinsey & Company, he fits into a category of American and global youth that the authors characterize as “too cool to study,” a sizable group of young people who choose to skip college for reasons other than cost…