Part of that is undoubtedly because many of the people going to college are there for the partying. It’s the “best time of your life!” College used to be training for an avocation that significantly helped society; now it’s better training for government dependency. No wonder the government employment rolls grow – more and more students are being taught not only about the glories of Big Government, but that they can attain wonderful jobs with little actual knowledge.
When I was at Harvard Law, the joke around the school was that the last two years of the program were an enormous scam. The first year taught us the basics of law – civil procedure, property, criminal law, etc. – but the last two years had us taking classes in legalism in Shakespeare and sexual tension in employment law. We all recognized that the real purpose of the last two years was to put us all another $100,000 in debt, so that by the time we graduated, we’d need to sign our souls away to a big law firm just to climb the ladder back to financial solvency.
The difference between Harvard Law and colleges across the country is that when you finish Harvard Law, you can get a job. A college degree in theater arts today guarantees you nothing. In fact, it puts you in significant debt with no chance of relief in sight. College degrees are the new subprime mortgages – the interest accrues and accrues, and there’s little chance that you’ll be able to pay it off if you were a dance major. No wonder the federal government wants to nationalize college loans – that way we can bail out all the bad college student borrowers the same way we have the subprime borrowers.
Here’s the bottom line: unless you’re going to college to learn a skill or a trade that will help you in life, skip it and get a job. Those poor saps sitting in the cold in Zuccotti Park waving around their puppetry diplomas from Wesleyan are the best evidence that college isn’t for everybody.
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