Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wake Up, its time for school...

I have a post that is half-written about college, about who should go, and why.  In the meantime, I found these:

The ‘Education’ Mantra by Thomas Sowell

"...When it comes to postgraduate study in tough fields such as math and science, you often find foreign students at American universities receiving more of those degrees than do Americans..."

"...Too many of the people coming out of even our most prestigious academic institutions graduate with neither the skills to be economically productive nor the intellectual development to make them discerning citizens and voters.

Students can graduate from some of the most prestigious institutions in the country without ever learning anything about science, mathematics, economics, or anything else that would make them either productive contributors to the economy or informed voters who can see through political rhetoric..."

"...Such people have proven to be ideal targets for demagogues promoting polarization and strife. We in the United States are still in the early stages of that process. But you need only visit campuses where whole departments feature soft courses preaching a sense of victimhood and resentment, and see the consequences in racial and ethnic polarization on campus.

There are too many other soft courses that allow students to spend years in college without becoming educated in any real sense.

We don’t need more government “investment” to produce more of such “education.” Lofty words such as “investment” should not blind us to the ugly reality of political pork-barrel spending."

This video is Part 5, but if you have kids who you are not sending to college, or are a kid who didn't go to college, this part will make you feel better about your decision:

1 comment:

LL said...

Any government loan for education - in my opinion - should be made for hard science majors. The rest of the herd can find their own way.

Private lenders can do what they want to do.

A genuine education is one that would combine specific training that deals with specific industries that forces internships. Blending training tools and theory with practical experience would make a degree valuable to any employer.