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.
Frigate - the answer to that question is actually pretty easy. That's what they're told to believe. The problem is that until fairly recently we've had a culture that worked on the Assumption that teachers don't lie to us on purpose. That assumption is under fire for sure.
Labor and Industry figures say that roughly 40% of the jobs in America "need" a college degree, which is to say, historically required that level of education. Yet roughly 60% of the workforce (ages 16-65) have a degree. Which means roughly 20 percent have a degree, that someone paid for, that serves no purpose.
The most popular degrees could be, to quote from Goodwill Hunting;
"got for a dollar fifty in late charges at the public library."
The problem is that it would take a significant amount of effort to do it for yourself, much easer to go into debt and have someone else's faulty information spoon fed to you.
"The idea is, of course, that men are successful because they have gone to college. No idea was ever more absurd. No man is successful because he has managed to pass a certain number of courses and has received a sheepskin which tells the world in Latin, that neither the world nor the graduate can read, that he has successfully completed the work required. If the man is successful, it is because he has the qualities for success in him; the college "education" has merely, speaking in terms' of horticulture, forced those qualities and given him certain intellectual tools with which to work-tools which he could have got without going to college, but not nearly so quickly. So far as anything practical is concerned, a college is simply an intellectual hothouse. For four years the mind of the undergraduate is put "under glass," and a very warm and constant sunshine is poured down upon it. The result is, of course, that his mind blooms earlier than it would in the much cooler intellectual atmosphere of the business world.
" man learns more about business in the first six months after his graduation than he does in his whole four years of college. But-and here is the "practical" result of his college work-he learns far more in those six months than if he had not gone to college. He has been trained to learn, and that, to all intents and purposes, is all the training he has received. To say that he has been trained to think is to say essentially that he has been trained to learn, but remember that it is impossible to teach a man to think. The power to think must be inherently his. All that the teacher can do is help him learn to order his thoughts-such as they are. "
Of course, the question arises, is the university still a "hot house" of intellectual development? College used to be a separation from the workaday world. In the isolation, students settled into discussing their school topics. This provoked thought. And it is only by thinking that a man comes to own the knowledge.
But today, the student is not tucked away from society and distraction. To the contrary, the students are otherwise occupied pretty much 24/7. Today, the students don't end up out of personal topics and so resort to discussion of scholastic topics late into the night.
How does the college instruction need to change in this new environment? So far higher ed has only abandoned the emphasis on independent thought, which seems exactly wrong as a solution.
Look who really benefits: schools get student loan money, banks get to make federally insured student loans.
While the 17 year old kid's seen Animal House one too many times and just can't wait to join the party, or 16 year old daughter expects to step into Dad's lifestyle (he's a CPA) just because she'll be getting a degree even if its in social work, at least she'll have a minor in MRS.
First, we must define what we mean by college? It is a course in economically useful fields? Or is it exclusively the non-economic liberal arts? Perhaps a mixture? And if we look into the liberal arts, do we discern between the classical humanities and the modern vanities?
I laugh everytime I hear people bitch about military spending. I live and work in the construction field in a southern town with a major state university. It also used to have a Navy supply corps school, which was closed due to budget cuts and the small campus sold to the university.
The first thing they did was gut all the buildings and completely refurbish them, what was fine for the Navy would not due for a state university at all.
Most universtities today are jobs programs and progressive indoctrination centers, they have very little to do with real learning.