In asking the question is college a waste of time I am seeking to challenge my children to evaluate what their goals are toward college.
Before you get offended unnecessarily, I am in no way suggesting that people who have a college education have wasted their time. I only want to share that over the last few years, my personal views about post-secondary education, specifically as it relates to my children's educational future, have changed dramatically.
But instead of going into they whys and wherefores which caused my change of perspective, I'll let this opinion piece from the Wall Street Journal speak for me. Not that I agree with every word in the article, but I definitely agree with a lot of what Charles Murray has to say. You'll definitely want to read the whole article!
For Most People, College Is a Waste of Time
by Charles Murray
Imagine that America had no system of post-secondary education, and you were a member of a task force assigned to create one from scratch. One of your colleagues submits this proposal:
First, we will set up a single goal to represent educational success, which will take four years to achieve no matter what is being taught. We will attach an economic reward to it that seldom has anything to do with what has been learned. We will urge large numbers of people who do not possess adequate ability to try to achieve the goal, wait until they have spent a lot of time and money, and then deny it to them. We will stigmatize everyone who doesn't meet the goal. We will call the goal a "BA."
You would conclude that your colleague was cruel, not to say insane. But that's the system we have in place…
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For some people college may be a waste of time. What do you think?