Friday, September 13, 2019

Brain Dump

This was posted on a friend's social media. I politely chose not to respond. They're allowed to believe what they want. I'm not the thought police. I needed to explore each topic, to explain to myself what I believe and why:

3. I believe education should be affordable and accessible to everyone. It doesn't necessarily have to be free (though it works in other countries so I'm mystified as to why it can't work in the US), but at the end of the day, there is no excuse for students graduating college saddled with five- or six-figure debt.

Please list the countries offering free education. Keep in mind that no government on the planet creates anything, so make sure to investigate where the money comes from. Before rattling off countries like England and Scandinavian countries, research taxes and costs of living. England is the most recent to announce they can't afford the programs.

Students choose the debt. They research what school they want to attend, how much it costs, and apply. No one forces them to attend high-priced schools. Many students choose to go into debt for a useless degree; they choose to pursue a line of study with no available jobs. They plan no further than a degree. A degree is not magical. Or they choose a field knowing the pay is low and yet somehow expect to be paid significantly more.

College is not for everyone. Assuming everyone should go to college is narrow-minded. Why should someone who chose to not go to college, because they decided it wasn't worth it or weren't interested, be required to pay for another person's education? Not all jobs require a college degree.

Why aren't universities held accountable for their product? I know of a university president who says that colleges should be run like a business. Please tell me where a student can get a refund for a degree they can't use? If you can't ask for a refund for a useless or faulty product, it isn't a business.

As long as government is involved in education, the cost will continue to escalate because the schools  have decided that government will pay for it. It's free! The money from the government comes from the American taxpayer. Always.

College is not a right. Education does not require college. In fact, education doesn't require school. More non-college online classes exist than anyone could watch in a lifetime.We have more books available at our fingertips than anyone could possibly read in a thousand years.

I know highly educated people who haven't the sense to come out of the rain and high school dropouts who have made  millions. I know people who've gone to trade school and are doing well for themselves and people who have engineering degrees slopping pigs because they can't find a job. I've had teachers with PhDs who can't put together a coherent sentence and people who've never gone to college who've taught me lessons I'll value the rest of my life.

Stop making excuses for poor choices.

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