Sunday, March 9, 2014
"Police arrested 73 people at a University of Massachusetts at Amherst Pre-St Patrick's Day party in which unruly students threw beer cans, bottles and snowballs at authorities, leaving four officers with minor injuries."
As we debate the pros and cons of college, it is important to remember that substantial use of alcohol is frequently at the core of the experience.
I am not a teetotaler, but can we go back to the basics? What is the purpose of college? In my mind, it is to prepare young adults to find jobs that will allow them to contribute to the economy. And prepare these students at a reasonable cost.
A party here and there is no big deal, but when regular drunkenness becomes established as the norm, then one must question how well we are achieving our primary goal.
I don't think that enough colleges today are providing the important lessons and when you compound that problem with skyrocketing tuition fees, the whole institution needs to be rethought.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014
These social “scientists’ spread this propaganda and consistently mix up causation with correlation.
Here would be a way to actually test the Pew’s hypothesis that college education results in substantially better incomes and life styles: Take 1,000 high school students and send them to college. Take another 1,000 students and direct them to non-college alternatives. Each of the groups would have the same distribution of SAT scores.
Then look at the results 10-15 years later.
The reason the Pew’s results are so skewed is that on average high school grads with higher IQs go on to graduate from college in greater proportion than those with lower IQs. This one factor alone probably accounts for most of the differential in salaries 15 years later.
I am not saying that college can not be valuable. But based on the Pew propaganda we have allowed the cost to get out of hand and college students are going ever deeper into debt to finance it.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
OK - I know this is a spoof, but the strange thing is that it is very close to reality today.
"Saying that his great grandparents could have never even dreamed of squandering such a fortune, recent college graduate Eric Singer told reporters Monday that he is the first person in his family to throw away $160,000. 'This level of debt was just out of reach for my father and grandfather, which makes my wasting so much money all the more meaningful,' said Singer, noting that his mother only flushed $12,000 down the toilet during her time in school."
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Here is a great piece on education by Libertarian John Stossel. My favorite part was a clip from the movie Ghost Busters where Dan Akroyd is explaining to Bill Murray why he is crazy to seek a life outside of the academic world: "Personally I like the university. They give us money and facilities; we didn't have to produce anything. You've never been out of college. You don't know what it's like out there. I've worked in the private sector. They expect results."
Saturday, February 1, 2014
“A lot of young people no longer seek the trades and skilled manufacturing as a viable career. But I promise you: Folks can make a lot more potentially with skilled manufacturing or the trades than they might with an Art History degree. I’m just saying you can make a really good living and have a great career without having a four year college education. “ President Obama
I would differ with the President on the most of his speech, but he is spot on with this point!