We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Good interview with George Leef, who contends that half of the kids who go to college in the US these days do not benefit and should not bother. Higher ed has become a self-interested industry with a greater investment in sales than in product...the product often being an unaccomplished, ignorant person with a piece of fancy paper in hand.
When you think about it, it is rather remarkable that there is no exit exam of advanced intellectual achievement. I would offer to design one. Maybe I will design one, just for fun (there will be Math because, in my reality, there is no higher ed without Calculus and Statistics).
The current education theory is that any teacher can teach any subject at any level. Specific knowledge of the subject is not required. The teacher or eve professor simply facilitates the student's discovery of the subject.
And that's why we can't have competent graduates. The worst students are the ones who are hired to teach so they came up with a no-competency theory of teaching.
Geez folks c'mon on:
First the Culinary Institute ( for profit school) has to pay millions of dollars in a class action lawsuit because it overstated it's employment claim percentage--how many graduates have been hired to be full chefs at what rate of pay. Every school has some figures they suggest.
Second: Now this poor guy does the right thing and ends up in jail:
You include "Math" like it is something to be feared. As an engineering student, I had three levels of Calculus in the first three semesters; only Calculus III had concepts I had not seen in High School (and I graduated High School in the '90's!) Probability and Statistics was considered a fun course by the engineering students, and I took it as an easy A.
Throw in some Vector Analysis, Differential Equations, and Linear Algebra, and then you might have my interest.
As I History major and Catholic school grad back in the "wild years" of the late '70's and '80's my friends would help me memorize all the mathematical theorems, tricks and formulas the night before exams. God forbid there was something that didn't fit the mold!
Ha! Ha! i wanted to go to college and learn so badly, but I couldn't get financial aid. I got a BA but it nearly broke my parents and me.
I come from a blue-collar family. Blue collar work gets harder to do as a person gets older and the body begins to wilt. I can work with my mind even though I am on disability thanks to my education.
But the internet is making college obsolete! I just completed an online archeology course because I thought it would be nice to be able to go the community college and use all their services. But I never made it up there!
So why should I keep paying for the privilege of keeping a professor in a job and the college in business? There are lots of online courses!