People place a high value on college education, especially those who think a piece of paper from Harvard is an ultimate status symbol. But as this article points out, a college degree isn’t a requirement for success or an indication of intellect, or common sense.
From The National Review
Were aliens to descend unnoticed into our society, the better to observe our political debates, they might be forgiven for reporting home that the primary issue facing the United States government is that not enough Americans are going to college. For the sort of people who make our news and drive our debates, the university has become an obsession and a totem. On television, institutions nobody has ever heard of take out gauzy advertisements that promise that they, and they alone, make possible the American dream. 60 Minutes features interviews with adults who complain that the enormous loans they took out in order to complete postgraduate degrees are, in the absence of a concrete return, proving tough to pay back. The Democratic party, whose leading lights are at present engaged in a seemingly endless game of one-upmanship, is working out whether the number of dollars it wishes to spend paying off the debt of these students should start with a modest “B” or a throw-it-out-of-the-window “T.” Even multimillionaire actors, whose children could do anything they want to with their lives, have taken to bribing faculty members in order to get their indifferent offspring into the most prestigious ivory towers…..
The presumptions that underpin our present scramble for diplomas are as follows: that it would be a good thing if more people went to college; that going to college is the best — or perhaps the only — way to get ahead in life, leading, as it supposedly does, to automatic improvement of one’s lot; that, irrespective of what it does to the job market and to productivity, our society is materially improved by having more people with paper degrees in their possession; and that, in consequence of all of these things, it represents a major scandal that people who wish to educate themselves further are obliged to pay to do so. Alongside these presumptions are a set of implications that, while rarely acknowledged openly, are present nevertheless: that those who do not go to college have in some way failed — or that they have been failed; that every time a person declines to attend college, he is making America a little stupider on aggregate; and, by extension, that people who lack college degrees but nevertheless are successful are not demonstrating an alternative way of living their lives so much as muddling through as best they can absent vital instruction from their superiors.
……Today, college has become our go-to yardstick for minimal competence. Take a look at almost any job listing for almost any desk job in any city, and you will see “college degree” listed as an essential requirement. The argument in favor of this arrangement is that if a candidate can demonstrate that he has completed such a degree, he can be assumed to be both relatively smart and capable of sticking with things to their end. Which, in some cases, is of course true. But it is telling that none of the other experiences that demonstrate capacity and tenacity tend to make an appearance in the listings. Know what else demonstrates an ability to stick things out? Military service. Running a small business. Working at a charity. Training as a plumber. Working on a farm. Learning to weld. Keeping another job for a long period of time.
……Have you ever watched a plumber work? I don’t mean, “Have you ever buzzed around the house doing other things on your cell phone while a plumber got on with his job in the background?” I mean have you ever really watched him work? And have you ever considered what would happen to your home if he got that work wrong?
What about a mechanic? Or a carpenter? Or the guy who fixes your air conditioner in August? Have you ever watched a group of builders putting up a house? These are real skills, the product of real care and expertise. And they pay pretty well, too. The median income of an American farmer is $43,945, which is higher than the median income of Americans with bachelor’s degrees in early-childhood education ($39,000), human services and community organization ($41,000), and elementary education ($43,000). The median income of an American mechanic is $46,919, which is higher than the median income of Americans with bachelor’s degrees in drama ($45,000) and art and music ($46,000). The median income of an American plumber is $52,404, which is higher than the median income of Americans with bachelor’s degrees in art history ($49,000), humanities ($49,000), anthropology ($49,000), sociology ($51,000), ethnic and civilization studies ($51,000), art and graphic design ($51,000), botany ($52,000), and modern languages ($52,000). The median income of an American electrician is $54,327, which is higher than the median income of Americans with bachelor’s degrees in English literature ($53,000), advertising and public relations ($54,000), history ($54,000), and communications ($54,000). The median income of an American home builder is $59,275, which is higher than the median income of Americans with bachelor’s degrees in journalism ($56,000) and geography ($58,000).
Aside from the mistaken impression that a degree automatically guarantees a prestigious job and a six-figure salary, the crap that’s being taught and practiced at modern universities is beyond depraved. Thanks to the fatuous indoctrination of left-wing academic intelligentsia, college campuses have morphed into a petri dish of bat-shit crazy dysfunction.
Some of the curriculum (you can’t make this up):
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) – Transracial Bodies, Transracial Selves
“Technological advances in surgery, hormonal therapy, psychiatry, [and] cultural warfare are catching up to the transgender presence: the gendered body is not necessarily that with which we were born, but one that can be crafted to match the real body of our psyche, our dreams. Blackness, Whiteness, Asianness, Latinness, the whole rainbow of racial identification, is still construed as biologically inescapable and inevitable. the often negative reaction to transracialism is contrary to the everyday experience that actually finds racial identification as a process that is always transracial. Declaring ourselves racially, we all cross restricted zones in becoming ourselves. In this course, we will use the discourse of transgenderism to build an alternate vocabulary of race.”
Transgenderism was a dubious notion before the public was bombarded with its normalization via media and academia. Is RISD leading the way for the normalization of changing races? Cutting edge stuff. Call Rachel Dolezal!
UCLA – Queering American History
“History of sexual and gender minorities in U.S. Topics include changing norms, romantic friendships, medical discourse, liberation politics, post-Stonewall culture, AIDS, transgender movement, queer theory, and politics.”
This course description actually seems relatively normal, though the action verb in the title suggests that there may be some historical revision taking place. And how does one make history gay? The world will hopefully never know.
And of course, the usual Trump Derangement Syndrome-inspired bullshit:
Princeton University – Trumpland
“We will examine conspiracy theory, rural atomization, truth claims, and racial identity politics in light of ‘Trump-ist’ politics, and seek to chart its path forward in an increasingly destabilized political terrain,” [we] will introduce students to critical theory on race (especially whiteness), conspiracy, authoritarianism, and democracy. [We will also explore] America’s deindustrialization, white identity politics, nationalism, populism, and a new ‘post-truth’ relationship with the media.”
Inspired by Van Jones’ “whitelash” comments, this class will seek to impart on its students the idea that racist white people elected Trump. Here’s a map showing that the same swing counties that elected Obama also elected Trump. You’re welcome, Princeton students. Pay close attention to the counties in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida.
Project Veritas exposed college officials literally shredding the Constitution and expressing their willingness to invite ISIS “freedom fighters” to campus.
“White privilege” conference in Madison, Wisconsin.
University of Minnesota ponders ‘discrimination-based” education plan.
University of Wisconsin plans race-based grading standards.
Ohio University student group demanded a “PC Halloween”.
I have an Associates’s Degree but the bulk of my education came from the experience of 30 years as a United States Soldier, and life.
Don’t be surprised when the end product of all this “higher education” is a generation of emotionally unstable, mentally unhinged, triggered snowflakes who can’t handle living in the real world.
All things considered, I have more trust in the vocational abilities of plumbers, electricians, mechanics, and construction workers than any Ivy League snob.