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College is essentially worthless.

Two reports came out this week showing that college is really just a big waste of time and money.

The first shows that after two years, college kids haven’t really learned much of anything.

Nearly half of the nation’s undergraduates show almost no gains in learning in their first two years of college, in large part because colleges don’t make academics a priority, a new report shows.

Instructors tend to be more focused on their own faculty research than teaching younger students, who in turn are more tuned in to their social lives…

After two years in college, 45% of students showed no significant gains in learning; after four years, 36% showed little change.

Students also spent 50% less time studying compared with students a few decades ago, the research shows.

The second report (both are really from the same book) shows that many college students aren’t learning any critical thinking skills what so ever. No wonder they are all liberal!

Many of the students graduated without knowing how to sift fact from opinion, make a clear written argument or objectively review conflicting reports of a situation or event, according to New York University sociologist Richard Arum, lead author of the study. The students, for example, couldn’t determine the cause of an increase in neighborhood crime or how best to respond without being swayed by emotional testimony and political spin.

Only one word can be used to describe this, DUH!

I think the two things that are driving this are grade inflation and the money thrown at academia by government.

The grade inflation angle comes down to this. As grade get inflated higher and higher, employers can’t simply rely on a diploma or even a associate degree, as a measure of work potential. A HS diploma is worthless, they will give them to anyone as long as they go to class. So then employers look for a 4 year degree. As those have been going downhill, thanks to grade inflation, employers are going to be looking for Master’s degrees and higher to try to determine if the person is even worth all the time and capital required to bring someone on board. It’s not cheap to hire a new employee, especially for any technical field.

Schools are more than happy to spew out the paper for a bachelor’s degree. It’s easy money. Kids come to class if they want to, the professor has their grad students teach the class and grade papers and tests. The schools require all sorts of worthless classes in order to get a degree, none of which involve logic or reason anymore. The more classes the schools require means more student loan money in the schools coffers.

I’m sure if the schools could, they’d require 200 credits to graduate, all for the students best interests of course. /sarc

Now with the Federal Government handing out student loan money like it grew on trees, expect standards to get even worse.

Schools and academia are corrupt. Make no mistake that they are all motivated by money, just as everyone else is.

Categories: Academia, Books, Inflation, Schools
  1. yttik
    January 25, 2011 at 11:20

    Education and schooling are and always have been two different things. Schooling is often about programming, indoctrination, as if people were computers that you could program, or corrupted even farther, simply a piece of paper that you buy that declares you are knowledgeable about something. Education however, is a beautiful thing. We need to exercise our brains, learn how to think for ourselves, learn new things. Sometimes education and schooling come together and meet, but I’ve seen little evidence of that lately.

  2. January 25, 2011 at 11:56

    “I think the two things that are driving this are grade inflation and the money thrown at academia by government.”

    What is driving grade inflation and money thrown at academia by government?

  3. January 28, 2011 at 19:24

    It is funny. Every time the gov’t starts doling out student aid, college costs go up. When college costs go up, it becomes less of a good deal.

    I think that education is super important, that’s why I think that college is a terrible investment.

    If you know how to read and can sell, there is no need for you to go to a “University”. Get your education elsewhere.

    • February 5, 2011 at 13:53

      I agree. College just put off what I’m still trying to figure out today.

      What do I want to do with myself?

  1. January 25, 2011 at 11:46

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