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Is College Worth It?

Is College Worth It?

Tim Knight from Slope of Hopes picture
Mar 7, 2017 7:05 PM

From the Slope of Hope: As I was strolling along in the chilly pre-dawn hours, I asked myself how much good college has done for me. It didn't take me long to conclude: zero. Some of you know that I graduated from college rather swiftly (in just 2 1/2 years), since I was eager to get into the world of work. The information I garnered during those 2 1/2 years hasn't been useful to me even once during the many years since I graduated, and there isn't a single contact I made in college that was beneficial to me in any way at all.

Simply stated, I could have gone straight from high school to work without any difference.

Centuries ago, the only reason the tiny percentage of people who attended university did so was in order to join the clergy. These days, the rather substantial percentage of those going to "college" (and those quotation marks are deliberate on my part) have very different reasons for going: namely (1) because their parents or society expects them to do so in order to get a "good" job; (2) to garner useful contacts, particularly if one is attending an elite school.

I was accepted into "elite" schools (Princeton and Brown among them), but I chose instead to go to a more middle-of-the-road school. I suspect if I had gone to a brand-name school, I would have indeed garnered valuable contacts, but frankly, I did all right without them.

Even though there are over 4,000 colleges in the United States, there are only about 100 honest-to-God institutes of higher learning. The vast majority of the others are pretty much what high school SHOULD be, if our standards were higher in this country. If you ever compare the kind of education high schools in, say, South Korea get to what kids in the U.S. receive, you'll quickly conclude we are a nation of morons. If it weren't for our geographic advantage and rich natural resources, we'd probably have a place in the world similar to, say, Italy.

To my way of thinking, there are actually are two classes of folks who should rationally go to a 4-year college: first,  those who are planning to enter an actual profession which requires honest-to-God knowledge, such as a medical doctor, a civil engineer, a chemist, a lawyer, and so forth. Some of these may require graduate degrees, and others do not. But clearly we don't want to have people becoming doctors by figuring it out as they go along, and we don't want to drive across bridges made by such folks either.

The second class of people are those who endeavor to reach the higher levels of the social order and have been accepted into an elite institution. This obviously has a lot less to do with garnering knowledge than anything else (e.g. it isn't WHAT you know, but WHO you know). Believe me, the non-famous guys (NOT Mark Zuckerberg and NOT Evan Spiegel) who were early employees in Facebook and Snapchat were very much in the right place at the right time, and these young men are billionaires (or centimillionaires) because they just happened to share a dorm room or occupy the same fraternity as a successful company founder. So if you want a lottery ticket-style chance of hooking up with the next Zuck, then go to Harvard.

read more:
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-07/college-worth-it


"We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

Comments

  • mrpops09_CMOD_mrpops09_CMOD_ Chief Moderator
    edited March 8
    The answer is: It depends what field you are going into.
    In many cases, I'd say no.
     
    I graduated with an entrepreneurship degree, and went to college on an academic scholarship. Although I've done well for myself, I found my high school education to be more valuable than what I learned in college. Also, my degree hasn't really helped me obtain a job. Where I work, I likely would've been hired regardless.

    The stigma that everyone needs a college degree is something we really need to change...Not everyone is made for college. There are many great jobs out there that do not require a degree and still pay very well. 
    Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
  • tazweisstazweiss Member, Permitted to post new threads
    It took years I got a job because of my college education.  The job ended because of cutbacks and college hasn't meant anything to my employment since.

    If the politicians treat people this poorly when they're armed to the teeth,

    just imagine what they'll be willing to do once they've disarmed everyone.

  • Rosie_MOD_Rosie_MOD_ Moderator
    edited March 8
    Mum couldn't afford to send me past year 10 as she was on her own. I wanted to go to the other high school and university with my friends but she put me in a course for book keeping and typing.  I rebelled and deliberately failed those and got an A's in French and English. Started off having to walk to work and sewing loops on mens shorts in a clothing factory and after slowly working up the very long ladder ended up as PA to a state manager in the advertising industry with a company car.   Determination will get you further than  eddication education.

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • tazweisstazweiss Member, Permitted to post new threads
    I bemember wen I cudnt spell coluj gradjiat.  Now I ar one.

    If the politicians treat people this poorly when they're armed to the teeth,

    just imagine what they'll be willing to do once they've disarmed everyone.

  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    tazweiss said:
    I bemember wen I cudnt spell coluj gradjiat.  Now I ar one.
    Literally made me laugh out loud
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    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
  • Rosie_MOD_Rosie_MOD_ Moderator
    tazweiss said:
    I bemember wen I cudnt spell coluj gradjiat.  Now I ar one.
    Heard a young person speaking just like that the other day. Real eyes he'd gravitated in electrocution.

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    :lol:
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    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
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