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May 15, 2012

What’s the point of college?

My piece in the Post yesterday: Colleges need to stop pretending their purpose isn’t job-related and start focusing on teaching skills to help graduates get good jobs.

Posted by Karol at 11:52 AM |
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Interesting too, that students (that perfect polygamy of zero experience, zero earning power and no assets to speak of) incur the ONLY form of debt that is not dischargable in bankruptcy proceedings.
Huh? You say they didn’t tell you that when you signed?!?

Ha! Ha! Ha! Aren’t your elders funny?

Posted by: Snoop-Diggity-DANG-Dawg at May 15, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Ha, that’s a really good point.

Posted by: Karol at May 15, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Maybe they should pay the students to attend, and charge the people who employ them. Or settle for a percentage of the graduate earnings (whatever it is)for 15 years.

Posted by: Old Grumpy Tired at May 17, 2012 at 1:48 pm

You didn’t finish your thought. If college does not give students marketable skills, and the skills it gives is always a sham -what, then, its purpose? why so many students – who, after all, are adults and can think for themselves – stay there despite these two slight minuses?

There is another reason, that became much more important than knowledge in todays’s graduates: Network. Those who know powerful people, prosper. Those who don’t…seat in line in unemployment offices.

Isn’t it what we ran from, in USSR?

Posted by: Tatyana at May 18, 2012 at 7:27 am

“..what, then, its purpose?”

Everyone *deserves* to go to college, Tatyana. Don’t you know that? /snark

Remember how everyone, from street sweeper to drill press operator, was an “engineer” in the old days? It’s like that!

Posted by: Snoop-Diggity-DANG-Dawg at May 18, 2012 at 11:04 am

College loans have become an incredible racket, and so as a result have college degrees.

I got a four year degree, and it’s probably the biggest regret of my life. I never should have done it. Yes, it’s a “marketable” degree, I didn’t go in for literature or whatever, but it didn’t matter. So many people get degrees now, it’s barely worth what a High School diploma used to be, and just comes with enormous debt to go with it.

Posted by: Dean Esmay at May 31, 2012 at 2:03 pm
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