The Polaris Career Center in the Cleveland area provides training for people in areas such as auto repair, cooking, operating machinery, cosmetology, etc. The usual things that such centers do. But an eagle-eyed person noticed that some of their course offerings are, to put it mildly, bizarre.
One three-hour session promised to provide people with proof that aliens visited Earth and had chats with then-president Dwight Eisenhower and vice-president Richard Nixon. And it costs just $30, a bargain. Other courses are “Dreaming with the Moon,” “Connecting with Your Angels,” and “Past Life Reflection.”
Should a tax-payer funded center be teaching such nonsense and thus giving those ideas a veneer of credibility? The authorities defend the practice saying that those particular courses are not taxpayer-subsidized and pay for themselves and even earn money for the center. But as reporter Mark Naymik says:
But the tax dollars that flow to Polaris do end up supporting silly courses indirectly. The courses, in most cases, are taught in the tax-supported Polaris facilities and are promoted in the center’s tax-subsidized catalogs.
These absurd courses also damage the credibility of Polaris and other technical centers at a time when politicians promote them as vital to creating jobs in Ohio.
Polaris should stop lending its name to these irrational courses — and certainly stop taking money from people who need real career advice, not lessons on reading Tarot cards.
I have the impression that belief in extra-terrestrial visitations is centered mainly in the US but may be wrong. Maybe this blog’s readers from other countries can tell us if this happens elsewhere too.