Is college worth it?

College might not actually make you smarter

Is college worth it?

Whether you’re a parent with a pen in hand preparing to write yet another hefty tuition check, a student with a headache trying to persuade yourself to get out of bed and go to class or a high schooler with a lot of options deciding what to do after graduation, you’ve probably asked yourself that question at least once. And an exclusive report out Monday from The Wall Street Journal may help you toward an answer.

  • Clink9

    Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?

  • canminuteman

    I am a skilled tradesman. I make an income to out me in the top 10 percent. I know people who do what I do who make a lot more than me. I didn’t get to this point until I was forty because I went the education route first. If I started right out of college I would be retiring now. I am not going to let my children make the same mistake.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Without going into too much detail on a public board, what field are you in?

      • canminuteman

        Industrial instrumentation.

        • Drunk_by_Noon


  • Drunk_by_Noon

    “Many Colleges Fail to Improve Critical-Thinking Skills”
    Colleges aren’t about that and haven’t been in at least 30-years.
    They claim to foster critical thinking skills but they lie. They are centers for political indoctrination, first and foremost.
    The “education” IS THE INDOCTRINATION and that is best accomplished with rote learning via conditioned repetition.
    You hear the same message, in a variety of mediums over and over, with correct think rewarded but bad think catastrophically punished.
    Academically and socially, we are living through a ‘Great Terror’ just as encompassing as the one engineered by Joseph Stalin in 1936.
    Neighbors, co-workers, friends, and even your own children are all encouraged to inform on you, just as in the Soviet system.
    Instead of gulags and firing squads, we have more sophisticated means of enforcing compliance that include loss of income and social and professional ostracization that is designed to last a lifetime.
    At least in the Gulag system, if you survived, you were eventually released.
    We no-longer even have a basic right of conscious, and even our bakers and pizza makers are not safe.

  • My two youngest are graduating high school this week. Both are very bright and got decent grades. One has already signed up with the U.S. Navy- he wants to be a SEAL. The other one Is house painting for now. Its a relief to me not to have to dread the kind of sh*t for brains progressive nonsense their brothers and sisters (2 of each) came home with after their first semesters at University. Plus I a absolutely sure they will both be better off in the long run.

  • Dana Garcia

    College these days is an indoctrination camp that Pol Pot would envy. There’s no reason to waste the money unless you need a degree like medicine or engineering.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Yes and no. If you go to college to smoke weed, protest and learn all about ‘-studies’ then college is certainly a waste of other people’s money. Your time and future is your own. Does it really matter who you are a lifelong dependent of, be it your parents or the government? No.

    Else if you go to college for some other reason, a more grounded one a more practical one then it might serve you.

  • Justin St.Denis

    The young HVAC serviceman who takes care of my residential needs is about 25 years old. He’s amazing! Thinking of my somewhat directionless but sweet grandson the first time I met him, I asked how he acquired his training. He patiently described a Georgian College programme which put him in the workforce within two years. The info he provided was passed along,many my grandson in currently two-thirds of his way through the same program.

    This year, my young HVAC guy ended up selling my on a new air conditioner. He helped me choose it, explaining the differences between the various options available. Before he left, he sat down and had a beer with us. We discovered he had recently bought his own home! And he’s engaged to a young nurse, too!

    Our fingers are crossed for our grandson.

    • Clausewitz

      You go to University for a degree, you go to Community College for a Career.