Jim Goad brings the smackdown to current US college standards.
American colleges are no longer institutions of higher learning. It would be more apt to refer to them as state-sanctioned seminaries for the secular religion of Cultural Marxism. Instead of strolling out of college with nimbler minds, students now stumble out into the real world with their brains scrubbed clean of the ability to hatch a single independent thought.
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Rather than being instructed in crucial matters—such as how to detect logical fallacies and distinguish between what’s objective and subjective—modern students indenture themselves to the loan-peddlers for the dubious honor of taking inane courses such as “Kanye Versus Everbody! [sic],” “Sci-Fi Queered,” “What If Harry Potter Is Real?,” and “How to Watch Television.”
While piously posing as staunchly anti-racist—whatever the hell that means, because it can’t be quantified—students are instead encouraged to channel all of their latent racial hatred toward the very idea of white people.
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American colleges no longer bother to even pretend that they’re teaching students how to think. Instead, their noble mission is making sure that every last trace of a dissident thought is mercilessly shotgunned out of their students’ brains before unleashing them into a world where they have trouble tying their own shoes without doubling their normal dose of antidepressants.
So let the colleges die. Let the teachers—almost to the last gender-fluid one of them an Armchair Marxist who fetishizes the “working class” from afar—learn what it’s really like to earn a living.
For grade school and high school, hire teachers who know how to keep their personal ideology out of the classroom. Have them act like boot-camp sergeants in drilling the three Rs into kids’ soft little skulls.
The current yearly average cost for a college education runs from about $10K for state residents at public colleges to a little over $30K for public colleges.
For about a thousand bucks, you can buy a cheap laptop and an internet connection for a year. And if you’re remotely intelligent and inquisitive and motivated, you can find all the knowledge the world has to offer online. We need more autodidacts and fewer casualties of collegiate indoctrination.
The only intelligent thing to do with modern American colleges is to get rid of them.
There's more at the link. Highly recommended reading.
I've had contact with a fairly large number of current students and recent graduates over the past decade or so. Almost uniformly, they astonish me with their lack of knowledge and lack of understanding of the real world. They appear to have been taught to demand that the world conform to what they think it should be - and their thoughts have been trained and formed almost exclusively from a Marxist rhetorical perspective. They bear little or no relation to reality. There are, of course, some honorable exceptions to that rule; but I'd say four out of five students don't qualify, in my experience. Obviously, some fields (e.g. medicine, engineering, etc.) require a college education; but in the fields of liberal arts, the "soft" sciences, etc., I can't help thinking that most students would be better off not going to university at all, given current academic standards (or the lack thereof).
I also wish more young people would consider part-time instead of full-time tertiary education. I could never afford to go to university full-time, so all four of my tertiary qualifications were earned part-time; two through correspondence study, and two through evening classes after work. I missed the "social experience" of life on campus, of course, but looking back, I can't say that did me any harm. Instead, I graduated every degree free of student loan debt, and having earned an increasingly good living in the process. Such distance education degrees are freely available to US students, particularly if they register with overseas institutions such as Britain's Open University or the University of South Africa (there are many others). Even better, the academic standards at foreign universities are often higher and more rigorous than those at US institutions, and free of many of the "politically correct" requirements that bedevil US curricula. That has the potential to deliver a superior education to students who are prepared to put in the work necessary to take advantage of it.
The Internet wasn't a factor when I did my degrees, but it would have helped enormously. Nowadays, when many Ivy League university lectures are available online, either free of charge or for a relatively small fee, it's indispensable. What's more, there are many accredited "online institutions" dedicated to providing low-cost, high-quality education. I know a couple of young people who are auditing lectures online from several different universities, then using what they've learned to "test out" of the subject requirements at the state universities where they've enrolled. Through careful planning, they've found they can complete more than half the required coursework in this fashion, and cut the time needed to earn a Bachelors degree almost in half - not to mention saving tens of thousands of dollars in course fees and related expenses.
Finally, of course, many jobs don't actually need a university education - it's just become expected by default. Mike Rowe deserves kudos for setting up the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, which offers "scholarships for jobs that actually exist", encouraging work-seekers to enter apprenticeships and technical studies instead of colleges. I highly encourage any young person looking for career opportunities to consider its programs. If I were younger, believe me, I'd be banging on his door first thing! Compared to most US colleges today, that's a no-brainer decision.