March 1, 2013

College Sucks. And It's Also a Scam

College Sucks. It's also a Scam

Last September, John Flerianos wrote "Why College Sucks". It's worth a read, however short.

It's true though. College does suck. And what else?

College is Also A Scam

My god, is it expensive. How many people in our economy can afford a $50,000 tuition?[1][2
How many people end up taking student loans? Is it really wise to accumulate $200,000 worth of debt in four years and at such a young age? But perhaps I'm using the wrong numbers, as the average student graduates with $25,000 worth of student loan debt.[3]

Plus, there's no promise in receiving a job after graduating. Yet, for example, I'm unqualified to write a blog as an unpaid intern for Company Y because I'm not in college or haven't received a degree in journalism? Why do I need a college education in order to write a blog? It's not a high skill job! Plus, I won't even be paid for it!

Some people would call such programs a scam. And I agree with them; college is a scam (as are unpaid internships that won't ever become paid ones), especially considering that students are borrowing twice as much as they did a decade ago, after adjusting for inflation.[4] Also considering that college tuition rates are souring much faster than the average inflation rate.[5]

Here's something. In 1952, the cost of full-year tuition at Harvard was $600. $600 in 1952 has the same buying power as $5,198.35 in 2012. But tuition at Harvard isn't $5,000. According to their handbook, tuition for 2011-2012 was $36,305. For 2013? $37,576.

I'm not saying that college is always a bad idea. However, it looks like a gamble to me, and I'm not a gambling man.

The Hunger Games - College Edition

John's "College in a nutshell" also speaks volumes, especially number 1: "Memorize a few books worth of data for 4 years."

I think it speaks volumes, not just about college, but even about school in general. I don't remember any of my tests from high school, for instance. I doubt I'd be able to pass them again, because those classes have nothing to do with any of the jobs I've had. Sure, maybe I can remember HTML and Python, but since I had no interest in any of the American wars, I can guarantee that I wouldn't be able to remember anything other than who won.

Calvin and Hobbes - The School System

I know that it's important to have qualified people to fill high-skilled jobs; don't misunderstand me on that. I know we can't have Joe the Plumber in charge of nuclear research. But how can we have more qualified people in the future if the working class can't afford college? I mean, of course we're assuming that just because you have a piece of paper that says you graduated means that you're qualified, which sounds ridiculous, but who can afford it? If you can willingly put yourself into a massive amount of debt as an "investment," then I think you're insane.

College doesn't sound like an education to me; it sounds more like a product that you're forced to buy just so that you can get a nice job. Which by proxy sounds like you're buying yourself a job.

Free or self education can teach you, but you won't be qualified without a college degree.

However, if it is required to go to college and get a degree in order to receive a job in which you can make a living (and by living, I don't mean become rich, I mean to be able to afford rent/home bills, food, gas, healthcare), then I feel it should be required that college be compulsory and free by it being paid in taxes, like primary and secondary education. Oh, but who am I kidding. I'm unqualified to speak of this subject.

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author Tiger Craven About Tiger
Tiger is a 22 year old college student, activist, and professional living in the Saint Louis metro area. When he's not being apathetic to the idea of God or writing about atheism, he is serving a presidential term for a mental health organisation and a board membership of another, does public speaking about mental illness and disability, and is a photographer and a bassist.