21 May 2013

Is College Worth It?

From Amazon on Bill Bennett's latest book:

For many students, a bachelor's degree is considered the golden ticket to a more financially and intellectually fulfilling life. But the disturbing reality is that debt, unemployment, and politically charged pseudo learning are more likely outcomes for many college students today than full-time employment and time-honored knowledge.

 This raises the question: is college still worth it? [Emphasis mine.]
Well one thing we can be sure of, as HNN tells us, it's certainly worth it to college administrators:

According to recent surveys by the Chronicle of Higher Education, thirty-five private university presidents and four public university presidents topped $1 million in total earnings during the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

HNN tells us more. Poor students.


ropelight said...

Is college worth it?

Well, that depends. It depends on the college and on the student. If the college is a leftist fever swamp complete with viciously intrusive PC codes, gestapo inquisitors, and preening parrots spouting Marxism's worn out creeds, then obviously it should be avoided like a leaper colony.

However, if the student only wants to get juiced, chase chicks, and get his name on a fancy looking sheepskin all on daddy's dime, then an easy ride in some jumped-up taxpayer supported cow college is just the ticket.

There are still some good schools out there, real centers of higher education, and if a serious student is willing to do his homework, really do his homework, then college is well worth it.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Rope - I would agree.

13thBama said...

With the Internet providing connectivity to almost everyone, isnt it time for "Freelance Professors"? Take the power away from the Administrators and teach on your own terms!

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Good point 13B and there's already quite a bit of that going on. Of course, accreditation is an issue for those who want/need sheepskins. Check out Collegeplus:


Arlee Bird said...

The problem of too much administration is not only a problem in colleges but also public elementary and secondary schools. My wife gets so stressed in her teaching job from new programs they keep coming up with and more non-teaching responsibilities they keep laying on the teachers. Some of the stuff she tells me about is crazy. No wonder the school districts are having money problems. They need to start dumping a lot of the administrators and let the teachers be teachers.

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Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

There are a lot of good teachers out there fighting the good fight, but I'm afraid, in many cases, the odds are against them.