Why tomorrow’s parents won’t want their children to go to university

Could the current generation of parents be the first ones who won’t want their children to go to university? Until now that mortarboard photo on the sideboard has always been the dream, visual proof that your offspring have munched their way to the top of the educational food chain. Advancement by degree. But that was before tuition fees. Now there’s a price tag attached to your little one’s ‘ology’ (to quote Maureen Lipman in those BT ads), how many people will automatically see it as a good thing? Perhaps more of us will refuse to prostrate ourselves before the great god Uni?

If so, that can only be a good thing.

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  • Brett_McS

    Well, when there are alternatives such as doing a trade course then going to North Dakota as a welder on $120K with no student debt … while your compatriots are still years from graduating into a $60K job (if they’re lucky) and already owe $50K or more in fees…

    And then there is the (education) product quality issue where typical graduates can’t pass an 8th grade exam from 100 years ago.

    • tom_billesley

      Universities are no longer about education, they’re there to provide a “safe space” for indoctrination.

    • Frau Katze

      My son got a degree in History (university has never been free in Canada). But he didn’t want to be a teacher (even if had, that’s pretty overcrowded too) so it didn’t go anywhere. He ended up becoming an electrician (more schooling but far less). He’s now working at a remote project in BC (Kitimat) partly to pay off the debt.

    • Thee first step in reclaiming sanity in the Western world is to clean house in the university system.

      • Frau Katze

        It’s become a self-perpetuating system. Especially since the ridiculous “studies” fields were added in the 1960s (women’s studies, etc).

        The people teaching them have a nice gig. Then there’s administration. “Diversity” officials are also new and lucrative jobs, whose net contribution to society is zero (or even negative).

  • tom_billesley

    Arizona State University course on the ‘Problem of Whiteness’
    [Link] The Washington Times – Thursday, January 22, 2015

    Arizona State University is offering an English course this semester that promises to explore critical race theory and the “problem of whiteness” in American literature and culture.

    “U.S. Race Theory & the Problem of Whiteness” is being taught by ASU assistant professor Lee Bebout, who is white, Campus Reformreported.

    • They will be well equipped for a good job working at a food bank in a minority part of town.

      What do you want for $100K of debt?

  • Hard Little Machine

    Depends. A quarter million dollar MFA in post feminist vagina studies probably has a fairly distant economic breakeven point.

  • I saw an interesting proposal. Students could pay off their college education by committing a small percentage (3%) of their post college earnings for a number of years.

    I like it.

    College administrators would soon shut down the classes that did not make a return.

    Funny, it sounds like supply and demand pricing. That always works.

  • Whatever it is they’re teaching in community college that is so valuable that the gov’t wants to make it free, why not teach it in high school? That way a high school degree will be worth something again.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    At this point the only courses that deliver bang for the buck are professional, scientific, technical and business, and the last two can also be self-taught. Again, I must point to the New York City University system, which was tuition-free until the end of the 1960’s, but required a B or above high school grade point average to gain admission. This arrangement actually worked to give a good higher education to students who couldn’t afford the Ivy League. The most recent Nobel Medicine Prize winner, John O’Keefe, is an alumnus of that free university.

  • glasnost

    Step 1 – Dispel the lefty myth that all brains are created equal.

  • Edubeat

    Every student I teach from immigrant parents posits the same mantra ‘I want to be a doctor or an engineer’ . When I tell them its very hard to become a doctor or engineer in this country b/c of our small population… you would be better off getting a trade invariably the answer is no.(No one wants to get their hands dirty – its all about prestige)

  • Billy Bob Thornton

    Everyone was promised that if they went to school, followed the rules and got a diploma or degree that they would be guaranteed a job in the end. Of course, university and college were meant for rich people and upper middle class and the poor and lower middle class were meant to go to trade schools and certain programs in college. That is what people have to realize. Don’t forget nowadays with the loss of industrial manufacturing that it isn’t possible to have many people being engineers, technologists, and have the jobs from yesteryear. Now we need more people in service industries, fast food, hospitality and in the trades and becoming in industries which people will not do. That is why we need more diversification of our economy again, and yes I believe that state capitalism produces near full employment. Our experimentation in financial capitalism has been a mistake and one we need to move away from. Also, it is not possible for many people to even go into trades. Not everyone is built. Also, it is our politicians that made our economy so unequal. There are simply not enough jobs in our current economic system. That is why we may have many educated people but too many don’t have the skills and are not capable of finding work.