In the comments section, James from RetirementSavvy called me out on reasons 6, 7, and 8. Here’s his exact rebuke.
Also, reasons 6-8 strike me more as an attempt to make political points and not real points about the value of attaining a college degree.
I respect James a lot, so I naturally read reasons 6-8 again. And you know what? I completely agree with James about reasons 6 and 7. I don’t believe our college campuses are inhospitable to women and minorities. If I did, reasons 6 and 7 would remain. But I don’t. I was just being a snarky jerk. And there’s no place for that here. It’s not the kind of blogger I want to be. So thank you James for teaching me some manners. I needed that.
I’m standing by reason 8, though. You can see why in my reply to James.
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A bachelor’s degree is one of the biggest scams ever perpetrated against the American public. Here are ten reasons not to get one.
One. You’ll remember very little of what you were taught in college. I have a master’s degree in public administration. Between undergraduate and graduate school, I have over 200 credit hours. You know what I remember from all that class work? The definition of a dinosaur. Here it is:
An archosaurian diapsid reptile with a perforated acetabulum.
Three. A quarter of incoming freshmen need remedial class work. In other words, at least a quarter of incoming freshmen don’t belong in college. But rather than maintain standards, college would rather water down the curriculum. Sure, it dilutes the value of a college degree. But it keeps the money pouring in, and that’s more important.
Four. The most common grade in college is an A. Of course it is. All those remedial students and drunken frat boys are relentless when it comes to their studies. This is just further evidence that the value of a college degree has been severely compromised.
Five. The top 25 college basketball coaches make between $2 million and $6 million per year. I didn’t have the heart to research what the top 25 college football coaches make. Isn’t college supposed to be a cognitive endeavor? Well, it’s not. And most students at NCAA powerhouses are mainly there to be props. Someone’s got to sit in the stands—shirtless and face-painted—and worship the guys running around in costumes.
Six. One in four college women is sexually assaulted during her stint in higher education. This makes the American college campus one of the most inhospitable places on earth for a young woman. Why, then, are so many parents willing to subject their daughters to this maelstrom of sexual predation? Seven. And according to Black Lives Matter, the American college campus is just as inhospitable to racial and ethnic minorities as it is to women. Again, why are so many parents of color willing to subject their sons and daughters to the virulent bigotry of the typical college administrator, professor, and white student?
Eight. College enforces a progressive mono-culture with all the subtlety of a rabid Maoist. So this means if you’re a progressive college student, your worldview will never be challenged. In fact, you will be highly esteemed for having the right thoughts. If you’re not a progressive college student, your worldview will never receive a respectful airing. Your worldview will be ridiculed and mocked, and you will be a barely-tolerated pariah for harboring such unclean thoughts.
Nine. The average college graduate leaves college with over $35K in student loan debt. Really? Thirty-five thousand dollars? For information you will neither remember nor need?
Ten. College makes you pay for at least 20 classes that don’t pertain to your major in order to get a degree. What other business gets away with this nonsense? As the fellow in the below YouTube video asks (2:44 mark), would you frequent a pizzeria if it made you buy 15 pizza pies before you could buy a chicken roll? Of course you wouldn’t. But for some reason we allow college to be so cruel to our time and our wallets.
Sorry about the mid-week rant. I usually leave this stuff for Friday. But last night I watched a couple of YouTube videos on the college debt crisis and they pissed me off.
Let me know what you think when you get a chance. Is college a ripoff? Is the bachelor’s degree an outdated credential that serves college administrators and professors a lot more than America’s young people? Or am I just a clueless curmudgeon?