Colleges: Beginning of the End?

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According to a survey by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, college enrollment, nationwide, is down 5% from 2020 (https://www.cnbc.com/2022/02/08/college-enrollment-declines-as-free-tuition-long-forgiveness-stall.html).

(Not a dry eye in the house!)

Coincidentally–or maybe not so coincidentally–the same college degree you used to earn in four years now, for many students, takes six. That’s a 50% increase in your student loan debt, pilgrims.

Ah! But what are you getting for your money? The average yearly tuition is around $25,000. So that’s 100 Gs if you go for four years, and 150 if you’re in for six.

Yeahbut, yeahbut! A degree in Gender Studies! What’s that worth? Queer Fat Studies! Priceless. Superhero Studies!

Are you ready for frustration? Are you up for unemployment?

Well, they’re about a million students short this year. Are these smart enough not to come back? (Dude! You just saved yourself a hundred thousand bucks by dropping out of college!)

I can’t think of a single thing that hurts our country more than her so-called education system.

5 comments on “Colleges: Beginning of the End?

  1. I was just thinking about this very thing, yesterday. From what I can tell, college has become worthless, as colleges gravitate to more and more in the way of soft studies, and less in the way of studies that actually prepares students to perform meaningful work. This is visible in the business world, already, where endless meetings make it possible to diffuse responsibility, and conceal the fact that the person has no idea of what they are doing. A coworker in a place I worked years ago, would actually carry his Master’s Degree with him into meetings, but in a candid moment, he once admitted to me that he didn’t know much of a anything.

    When we get to the point where everyone has a meaningless masters degree, such degrees will end up with a value of zero. In the meantime, a skilled welder can make more money than many people with advanced degrees.

    1. Many years ago, I had reached a point in my career where I became convinced that my college degree was holding me back from getting anything but really low-level jobs.

    2. Since posting my earlier comment, I have spoken with a young man that makes a good living selling Internet circuits to businesses, and he told me that he felt his degree was basically a waste of money.

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