Is College a Scam?

I used to be shocked when I heard about a student who was accepted to an Ivy League school.  I thought that student must be some kind of overachieving genius.  I had no way to really refute my perception, coming from West Michigan where Ivy league alumni are so rare.  Then I started watching YouTube videos, that wonderful invention that has educated me more than any schooling I’ve ever received.  

YouTube allowed me to watch hysterical Yale students protest offensive Halloween costumes.  It allowed me to see Berkley students throw tantrums about Ben Shapiro speaking, and I was able to see students from a number of elite colleges demand safe spaces for scary, mean ideas.   Some of the professors are actually just as fragile.

When I was in younger, I thought one of the most successful careers you could ever attain was “college professor”.  And I have met some amazing college professors in my life.  That used to be a goal for me one day, far in the future after gaining a ton of education and experience. 

Now, I have a lot to consider.  College prices are absurd, and it’s almost starting to seem like a scam for students who study sociology, political science, art, etc.  Professors are often clueless. And much of what’s taught is not applicable.

Compare coding boot camps to a B.S. in Computer Science.  Many colleges do not keep up with the trends in the working world like these boot camps do.  That’s why many of the boot camp students get good jobs after less than a year of training.    

I’ll leave you with the following question:  If you had a son graduate from high school in 2018, would you rather he become an electrician and skip college, or would you like him to spend $20,000 a year getting a degree in history?  For me, the answer is simple.

Published by Mr. Curtis Sensei

Hello! My name’s Curt, and I’m a teacher, Director of ELL, and Co-Director of Educational Technology at a small private high school in West Michigan. I share my ideas here.

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