Posted By Jennie Chancey on June 10, 2010
From Joel McDurmon over at American Vision:
A college degree guarantees you nothing. It could, in fact, ruin your future.
There was a time when having a college degree almost guaranteed you a “good job,” certainly one that pays better than those not requiring a bachelor’s degree. Parents then determined that the costs involved added up to an investment in their child’s future—an investment that would undoubtedly pay off. The general public soon grew so assured of the value of a degree that it grew acceptable and common to borrow toward that investment. Today, student loans are the rule.
This entire process assumes several things, all of which might have held true at one time or in limited circumstances, hardly any of which remain true today or in general. Yet a blind faith that includes all of these assumptions rules the day for decisions about higher education. The results are disastrous.…Students all over the US graduate with pointless degrees, no experience, no real training, no job prospects, and thousands in debt. The median, according to FinAid.org, is about $24,000 per graduate today. This only counts graduates, not the 50% who don’t even graduate and still have thousands in debt….
We place a value on literacy, and rightly so. But we fail if we don’t move further. Literacy makes readers, but the exaltation merely of reading leads to an exaltation of the printed word. It takes on an authority, and this leads to a casual submission, or at least intimidation, before anyone who has written anything. “Author” becomes “authority,” and professors and grad students love that role. Useful idiots believe they’re critical thinkers because they were told they’re critical thinkers and were handed a degree as certification of the fact. But rarely if ever do they think critically.
Read the entire article at this link.