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Higher Ed Shake Up
College Isn’t Always Worth It
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  • vb

    The message being sent is that a person’s life is determined by the letters after his name. I would prefer that young people be told that their life is just starting and that they will comtinually find new opportunities and new interests as they get older. The most important thing is to keep an open mind and do the work needed to take you down new paths should you choose to follow them.

    • J K Brown

      Those sending that message have the most letters after their names and usually no experience off campus so it is in their interests, both financially and psychically, to promote such beliefs.

      Others found that checking the box on the spreadsheet indicating the possession of a fancy piece of paper was of value although in general the content of the matriculation was of far lesser value.

  • Tom

    Griggs vs. Duke Power Company is a blight upon the American job market, and it’s long past time someone challenged it.

    • Matt_Thullen

      Amen to that. Overturning that decision would undo fifty years of damage to higher education.

      • J K Brown

        It is not the decision that created the adverse effect. The use of generalized intelligence testing can be banned without causing undo hardship.

        The problem arose when activist government bureaucrats used the decision to file numerous and continuous harassing lawsuits over testing that was job related. The defense against these complaints is costly and takes away from actually running the business, so business owners/managers do no testing rather than be presumed guilty until proven innocent (this year) only to have to prove innocence again and again year after year.

        • Matt_Thullen

          The SAT is a form of generalized intelligence testing, which is how and why employers began using acceptance to and graduation from selective universities as a proxy for intelligence. Hence the higher education arms race.

          Griggs just transferred the intelligence testing from employers to universities, which colleges well understood, and why tuition to the more selective ones has skyrocketed.

  • Fat_Man

    This essay is far too sensible. It will never guide our policy makers, although it should.

  • johngbarker

    Gee, I thought Common Core was going to make everyone above average.

    • J K Brown

      It has, more than the historical average of students now find mathematics to be confusing and frustrating so they avoid it in the future as much as possible. One bright spot, some have found that Khan Academy is able to provide comprehensible instruction in mathematics and so overcome the wasted years in servitude to the compulsory, public school system.

  • Wild Bill Kinda

    Consider trade schools! The average plumber makes more than the average college graduate, and doesn’t have the enormous student loans to repay.

  • JamesB

    I’m sympathetic to the point of this article, but the inclusion of this paragraph:


    When the Lord God made the human race, He gave different skills and talents to different people—and He doesn’t think a Harvard PhD economist or a UC Berkeley physicist is a better example of His handiwork than a good automobile mechanic who never finished high school. The hotel maid who puts in an honest day’s work and spends her time and talent raising her kids and taking care of people around her is probably much closer to living a full and rich human life than the a high-flying deal maker at an investment bank or the star litigator at a prestigious law firm.

    Didn’t make any sense. What does the idea that we’re all created equal have to do with salary? And what prompted the “living a full and rich human life” comparison of the maid to the investment banker or litigator? If the banker or litigator use their salary to support a family, are they somehow living a less full and rich life?

    It’s no big surprise that a talented electrician or plumber can earn more money than an Art History major. I’m not sure what God has to do with that.

  • Mastro63

    You don’t need a business degree to do general sales. Its a skill that grads learn on the job. Arnold Schwarzenegger wrote about how he had an Austrian sales tech course that helped him greatly. In the US- you have to study for 4 years- and get little practical knowledge in actually doing sales.

    I know a guy who got a Wharton degree- and was asked to work the phones at a trading house- hated it and quit.- $240,000 for an education for a career he hated.

  • Mastro63

    The UK job market is interesting- I have a friend who did trading in the City without a college education- try to get a Wall Street job with only a high school degree. He made some money- came to America and started a business. Still no business degree-

    Then you throw in that many UK kids paid nothing for “university” and “read literature”- are we really surprised that the gap is less than we would think?

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