Is it Time to Burn Universities to the Ground?

. . . it’s time to burn the universities to the ground … and start over from scratch. __ Robert Tracinski, Speaking Figuratively

How leftist professors and administrators are destroying young minds

Peter Thiel Exposes Corruptness of University System

The universities have done this to themselves. They created the whole phenomenon of modern identity politics and Politically Correct rules to limit speech. They have fostered a totalitarian microculture in which conformity to those rules is considered natural and expected. Now that system is starting to eat them alive, from elite universities like Yale, all the way down to, er, less-than-elite ones like Mizzou. __ Burn Them to the Ground

Education is Not the Same as College

Education is not the same thing as college. As many graduates of “party schools” will tell you, they had the time of their life, but attending class wasn’t their highest priority, nor did their degree have much to do with what they currently do for a living. If increasing their alcohol tolerance were a class, they might have to put it on their resume.

… Unfortunately, going to college these days leaves many students (and their parents) wondering what it’s all for. If it weren’t for employers demanding prerequisite, arbitrary bachelors degrees for their entry-level roles, I think the whole broken system would collapse. __ Joshua Waldman

College Was My Biggest Mistake

Success is sitting right in front of you. You don’t need to have a bachelors degree to reach out and take it- to think anything else is a limiting belief that exists solely in your mind. Hustling = passion + ability to sell yourself. No degree required.
“All college taught me was how to pay off debt. I’m still learning.” __ Steve Corona — College: Big Mistake

My Biggest Regret Was Going to College

If I hadn’t gone to college, I would be farther along in my entrepreneurial journey. I would have more businesses, more experiences, and more opportunities to make the world a better place. __ Regrets Over Going to College

Some people will never be able to pay off their student loans, at the wages that their degrees qualify them for. They would have been far better off investing the money in profit-making enterprises — using something much like the Thiel Foundation grant. For most youth, a more modest investment would be more than ample — given the necessary drive and ambition.

A More Extensive Discussion on the University Bubble from Peter Thiel

On-campus reactions to the election of populist candidate Donald Trump reveals the deep deficiencies of college preparation for young people:

The University of Michigan offered its traumatized students coloring books and Play-Doh to calm them. [Are its students in college or kindergarten?]
The University of Kansas reminded its stressed-out kids that therapy dogs, a regular campus feature, were available.
Cornell University, an Ivy League school, held a campus-wide “cry-in,” with officials handing out tissues and hot chocolate.
Tufts University offered its devastated students arts and crafts sessions. (OK, not kindergarten — more like summer camp.)
At campuses from elite Yale to Connecticut to Iowa and beyond, professors canceled classes and/or exams — either because students asked or because instructors were too distraught to teach.
__ NYP

These precious little snowflakes are barely strong enough to survive in an assisted-care facility, much less in the rough and tumble of real life. Parents who borrow up to $50,000 a year or more to send their children to such schools should reconsider.

“I’m preparing to spend some $100,000-plus on my daughter’s college education, and that’s despite loans and scholarships. It’s a major financial strain. I want her to succeed, but my fear is that the cost is not worth it. What do you think?”

… A chilling survey from Reuters shows that 42 percent of existing college graduates are underemployed, meaning part-time work and few opportunities to expand. A third are $30,000 in debt, and 17 percent owe up to $50,000. Only half of those who find full-time work are actually employed in their field of study. Some 40 percent of those surveyed believe that they will have to spend more time and more money on an advanced degree to get the job they really want.

We are going to see the emergence of more credible one- and two-year alternatives to college. These programs will combine real work experience with rigorous learning and cost a small fraction of what college costs. It can’t work for some professions like law and medicine, mainly because of government controls and guild-like admissions certifications. But in fields like technology, design, and business, this seems like a great idea.

__ Viable Alternatives to College Emerging

Universities have spent the past 55 years purging moderates, rightists, and libertarians from faculty and staff. The end result is a university system that cheats students of the opportunity to learn to consider a variety of well-considered points of view. Instead of teaching students to think for themselves, modern universities are indoctrinating students into “what to think” and how to think exclusively in politically correct terms. This approach has crippled the minds of generations while putting many students in lifetime debt — and will continue down this ruinous path unless something drastic is done to reverse course.

What should be done to these monotonic mind-cripplers of entire generations of youth, who infest universities, government bureaucracies, foundations dealing with educational issues, and the media apparatus that provides a constant flow of propaganda in support of the politically correct catastrophe? Proceeding on a case by case basis would be the most fair, but also time-consuming. It is something that deserves a great deal of consideration before proceeding.

More:

Slashing bureaucratic bloat might be a good place to start

2016 a year of disgrace for colleges

“Higher Education” part of the swamp that needs draining

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4 Responses to Is it Time to Burn Universities to the Ground?

  1. Cecil Henry says:

    They are loaning students and their families the rope to hang themselves with.
    Its despicable, it has to end.

  2. Lab Guy says:

    Looking back on it, the k-12 is a waste for many people. For the stolen taxpayer money and time spent, most of us should have had an associates in something useful and ready to work. College has become a useless fraud even for STEM fields like engineering. The science degrees are worthless. Neither the pay or demand is there these days. As a person who worked at an academic institution the amount of waste that goes on is appalling and not just education. Most of the research is worthless or at best a good science project for a graduate.

    • Abelard Lindsey says:

      Are you saying that even traditional engineering degrees such as ChemE and EE have been degraded as wee? If so, that is a pity. These were good degrees to get in the 1980’s, when I graduated with a EE degree.

      I have heard from various sources (as well as one personal experience) that much of the university science research is bogus.

  3. GoatGuy says:

    1959 … my birth.
    1977 … unexpectedly, got into UC Berkeley
    1982 … unexpectedly, got out with an EECS, CS and CHEM triple degree.
    1982 … got into partnership with new Cal buddy. Wrote software. Did networks. Made money
    2007 … split up. did other stuff.
    2017 … semi-retired, but still plugging those algorithms. Its fun!

    POINT? That whatever passed for my high school education, and whatever talent I had written into my genes, mental balance, and pre-college experience, it was enough to – at no small difficulty! – to take a really hard degree at the Big U. I loved every second of it. My motto (then) and now was, “I’d rather have 5 courses with B- showings in all, then 3 courses with A-‘s.” More, faster, etc. God (and an excellent choice of totally messed up but high-potential parents) gave me the rather rare talent of remembering everything I actually learned, nearly forever. So… it was good.

    POINT? That if nothing else, we need to RETURN to the “meritorious advancement” concept. We need to nearly-defund the overarching Sports-is-King paradigm which INFESTS middle-to-high school education. When you’re someday a top-shelf middle-manager of Bayer, no one gives a flying fleeb whether you were point player on the HS or College varsity team. But almost universally, it remains impressive if you can demonstrate not only that you PUSHED yourself academically, but also didn’t get any was-there-got-an-award-too bull.

    MERITORIOUS ADVANCEMENT accomplishes this, and is not bigoted or prejudiced in any way. You make the grade, you get to advance. Don’t? Then you don’t.

    I would also bring back MERITORIOUS HIGH SCHOOL. Required: 9th grade matriculation.

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