SHOCK POLL: White People Overwhelmingly Think College Is A Waste Of Time

A new poll out of California shows that just 35 percent of white people view a college education as necessary in today’s society.

The poll, by the Public Policy Institute of California, reveals notable racial gaps on the value of a college degree. Just over half of black survey respondents (51 percent) view a college degree as necessary. A slightly higher percentage of Asian-Americans — 54 percent — say college is necessary.

  • Dana Garcia

    A few decades ago, a college degree with any major was useful in acquiring a job. Now, more people have BAs, and the degree is not worth much unless it is in a needed subject like computer science.

    Young folks are better off learning a skill in the trades, as long as it won’t be replaced by a robot in a few years — forget welding, for example.

    • I would hesitate to hire anyone with an arts degree.

      • Dana Garcia

        Or in “studies” — like Chicano Studies or Diversity Studies. Worthless crap.

  • canminuteman

    It’s value has certainly gone down. It costs more to get, you don’t learn all that much, and it doesn’t guarantee a job, but it’s a lot harder to get a job without one. So find something moderately useful. Technical colleges in Canada offer an unbelievable number of options for actual useful things. Stay close to home and get the most useful thing you can get for the least amount of money. For most jobs I think the only thing you need a college education for is so that when the HR bimbo asks, are you a college grad, you can say, yes, you are a college grad. As “they” have said for a long time, if you want a diploma go to college, If you want an education, go to the library.

  • Hard Little Machine

    In our immediate family we have 7 graduate degrees, including two law degrees, an MBA and a doctorate and most of us wholeheartedly agree that advanced degrees in America are professionally, economically and socially not worth it. One of us, who has an MS in cardio rehab and was going to be a PA has decided to become a plumber instead.

  • BillyHW

    The idea that everyone needed to go to college was one of the dumbest liberal ideas ever.

    • J. C.

      Indeed. By encouraging people who simply didn’t have the intellectual ‘stuff’ for college to attend, program standards had to be lowered significantly in order to see them through to their degrees. A degree today (especially one not in the hard sciences) isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on…

  • Jay Currie

    I touched on this over at my place:

    My first year at UBC cost $425. I lived at home and had a great deal of fun, learned lots and got every penny’s worth. First year Arts at UBC now costs $5189 plus another $1019 in “student fees”. (if you have the misfortune to be an international student, try $34,847.10 – which is still a bargain compared to the $60,000 and up for US schools.)

    That seems a bit steep for a degree which is essentially – and delightfully – of no practical value.

    The “credential” is worth something if you are planning on going into an entity – government, large corporation – which has the good ladies in HR wanting to justify their jobs by keeping the undegreed riff raff away; but beyond that it is really only a stepping stone to further studies or a pleasing way of spending the awkward time between high school and adulting.

    For most interesting jobs it is entirely unnecessary. It will, however, usually make you a more interesting guest at a cocktail party – as if in this age of zero tolerance for even mild inebriation while driving those were still a thing.

    I encourage my younger, home schooled, kids to look at vocational training in fields unlikely to be overtaken by robots. Get a technical ticket, make good money, when you are twenty five, maybe get a college degree. (Entry as a mature student is a great option for kids who are home schooled.)

  • Ed

    The horrifying thing is these “professors” who will soon be laid off in increasing numbers, will be pretending to know how the Johnson valve adaptor works, in aisle 3 at Home Depot.

    • A Hamilton Guy

      They will never know. Book shit doesn’t make you smart.

  • DMB

    Remember this people of Ontario while College staff members are on strike for better pay and benefits. These staff members are some of the most privileged people in society.