Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Against Higher Education

Got your attention, didn't I?

Normally, I'd never suggest such a thing. But thanks to this link from Collagemama's Hearty Breakfast Blog, I learned that people with an advanced degree are twice as likely to think it's okay to drive without getting their kids fastened in than people with a mere high school education.

Here's the chart from Safe Kids Worldwide.

I don't have an advanced degree so I don't know what process of gradual self-deception happens to make the highly educated feel superior to the physical realities of the world, but I'm pretty sure that it has something to do with hubris.

Forget the superiority of high school grads. When I was about four or five years old, this ad was playing all the time. Just play it every night for a couple of weeks and I bet it will become indelible. Your kids may never thank you, but I do.

I'm editing this to incentivize you by telling you that this is a cool, Mad Men era commercial...


  1. Seana--Thanks for finding this video! That song has been playing in my head all week. It's been doing a pretty good job reminding me for over fifty years. I remember clearly when my dad installed the seat belts in our '54 Chevy.

  2. Earworm jingle! Yes, indeed. That song + crash dummies commercials stuck with me. Always, always use seatbelts!

  3. I dont think it has to do with education. I just think there are some careless people out there. It is a pity thought the children have to suffer.

  4. Collagemama, yeah, and if I happen to see a lot of littering going on, I'm going to find the Please, please, don't be a litterbug video too.

  5. Kathleen, I think the crash dummies were more effective than the blood highway style films we were subjected to in high school. High school is, in a way, too late.

  6. Quite a moniker you've got there, Lady Lilith. I would have agreed with you, but the chart at Safe Kids Worldwide says otherwise. I'm not saying I understand why.

    I was in a car accident as a child. It wasn't my parents but my grandmother. She was just taking us over to some summer fun camp a few blocks away and we weren't wearing seatbelts. A drunk driver came through the intersection and my grandmother hit the breaks. My head hit the dashboard. My sister hit the floor. I had some kind of bloody gash. It was all fine, and I wasn't even that traumatized, but the "just a few blocks, driving at low speed" reasoning obviously didn't pan out very well.