ComradeM wrote:Sooo...what do you propose as a solution?
Not sure who that question was aimed at, but my answer is a little bit of socialism (at least partially state funded higher education). You've got to see the bigger picture in the benefits derived by society from higher education and not just the individual gain. Also less pressure on people to see University as their only route to a job.
Anyhoo this is way too close to work talk for me and it's Friday night.
the professors get paid leave here to write books, get published, or further their own education. which means, you are paying for not only the classes you take but the ones not available because a prof is off doing whatever, profs that do this further down the road and so on.
the U.S. runs secondary education as a business, you pay win or lose, it's like going to the doctor- paying 100 bucks for him to just toss you a script for antibiotics and not really even looking to see what is actually needed. it is not like oh i bought this coffee maker, plugged it in and it started to smoke so im returning it.
you hear all these things like NURSING IN HIGH DEMAND but its actually certified nursing assistant that is in high demand; so you fall for the rouse get your nursing license or what ever after 4 or 5 years only to find out you could have gone to a "vocational" school for a few months paid 5 times less and could have gotten that education you went in debt over for less with the crap-wiping job you got with company offered assistance.
for instance- at my company we had a guy who went to school for cnc programing, then got a job with us at mcdonalds wages. no one would hire him without experience, some wanted a year, others a minimum of 5 years experience.
the company i work for will send you to school & train you, give you experience and all you have to do is work for the company for a minimum of a year after you finish college (even if you quit your college attendance with out finishing or flunk out).
its not perfect but it is out there. and it does depend on the type of work you are looking for.
so in other words most college is a sham and not even worth your time let alone your money. but if you get the chance to go (for something worthwhile) for free or discounted or whatever - go.
okay bye (jumps off soap box)