Charging for an Artificial Distinction: “Going” to “College”

Eidos | 3/20/2019 | Staff
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If you went to college after an excellent high school or sent your children to a very good high school, you both may have experienced this:

“College is easier than our high school!”

Schools - Students - Tens - Thousands - Dollars

Some high schools are proud to hear this, but since most of these students are borrowing tens of thousands of dollars to attend there should be less pride and more concern about quality. After all, if grossly unqualified rich kids can get into Ivy quality schools through fraud and graduate with good grades (!), what does that say?

Nobody scams into MIT or any good mathematics major, because the student would not last. The lack of preparation would show and failure would be (nearly) certain. Doesn’t this suggest that much of college education, even at our “best” schools, is shambolic and soft? Before doing anything else a parent or educator should ask: “Why maintain the present system?”

Idea - School - Years - Institutions - Accident

The idea that one should go to school for sixteen years and that this should be broken up between several different institutions is an accident of history and technology. There may have been a time when library resources (for example) needed to do a decent undergraduate level education could only be collected in a few places.

This is no longer true.

Time - Humanities - Professors - College - Education

There may have been a time where there were too few humanities professors to push college education out into many communities that are now without colleges.

This is no longer true.

Time - Folk - Communities - Deserts - Areas

There may have been a time when we had to rend younger folk from their communities, creating intellectual deserts in some urban and rural areas.

This is no longer true.

Way - Way - Sports - Teams - Administrative

Instead, realizing that much of what they once had to do no longer needs to be done in the cost-inefficient way, we can think in a new way. We don’t need semi-professional sports teams to educate, massive administrative...
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