Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Education? Who Needs It?

DON'T GET THAT COLLEGE DEGREE! - New York Post: "The four-year college degree has come to cost too much and prove too little. It's now a bad deal for the average student, family, employer, professor and taxpayer.

A student who secures a degree is increasingly unlikely to make up its cost, despite higher pay, and the employer who requires a degree puts faith in a system whose standards are slipping. Too many professors who are bound to degree teaching can't truly profess; they don't proclaim loudly the things they know but instead whisper them to a chosen few, whom they must then accommodate with inflated grades. Worst of all, bright citizens spend their lives not knowing the things they ought to know, because they've been granted liberal-arts degrees for something far short of a liberal-arts education."


Anonymous said...

On top of all that, the students get a unevenly high dose of liberal positioned professors and educators shoving their leftist viewpoints down the student's throats.

Who wants to pay for that?

Chet in DC

Sober on the Way to Sane said...

I have to admit having grown up on the Princeton campus I was jaded early and sucessfully.
Paying people to judge me seemed crazy when there was a library full of books, staff to help me learn anything I wished, for free and locally.
As an autodidact, I will say that my education is not perfect, but I have no student loans and my parents didn't have to morgage their home to get me here.
I am the author of 17 books, do I require the services of a good editor, of course I do, but I don't believe a BA would have eliminated that need.
Gratefully I was able to avoid the red tape and bureaucratic nonesense that accompanies a collage eduaction and still feel able to hold up my end of any conversation.
In the end what I am able to do in real life is more important than how well someone locked in an ivory tower graded my ablity to jump through their hoops.
Plus, it is great fun being the dark horse!
Sherrie Theriault

Seepy Benton said...

The real question is: Is our children learning?

Todd Mason said...

Remember when you could profess loudly, Bill? As opposed to that decreasing volume you were required to employ as you moved toward retirement?

Saddest thing to me is that I passed through the public schools in what wil turn out to be perhaps the Silver Age of diversity and accessibility, at least in the public schools (I'm not That old, but was able to matriculate in-state at the University of Hawaii for what was then an excellent bargain of $317 per semester...I finished a BA at Northern Virginia's George Mason University in 1987 for, as I reall, something like $2K per sem (probably less...I think I'm conflating my grad school semester). I don't think either of those fee scheds are coming back soon.

Unknown said...

I am that old, Todd. My registration fee was $50 per semester, but I had a scholarship, so I didn't even have to pay that. Room in the dorm, $90 a semester, and I worked at a boarding house for my meals.

jj solari said...

people need to hear this from someone else first before the light goes on?

Dan said...

Yeah, but back when you went to College....

...the globes of the Eath were flat?

...The Periodic Table of the Elements only listed Earth, Air, Fire & water?

They weren't allowed to teach Evolution?

Unknown said...

Because nothing had evolved! Bada-bing!

Katherine Kerr Photography said...

my education has definatly cost be exponentially what it is worth

Dan said...

Couple of things:

I went to college for an education,not a career, because I knew when I left school I was going into the Army, and there didn't sem much point in planning beyond that. As a result of some of the courses I took, I read books, look at paintings, watch movies etc. in a whole new way. I worked for my tuition and I think it was worth it.

Chet, it's been a while, but I don't recall any ANY any liberal professors shoving leftist viewpoints down my throat.

If you are a female who attended Ohio State University between 1968 and 1972 you either dumped me or you knew a girl who did. Mathematically, that's the way it works out.