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Jim's Daily Rant. Should A Young Person Attend College Today?

The answer to that question is definitely “Yes” or “No”.

Before going into this, in 2023 we are going into major upheavals in Finance, Economics, Governance, Global Positioning, and Society functioning. As a result, many colleges will fail financially. So your first question should be do you risk the investment of money and time if your horse dies beneath you, throwing you from the job race?

Secondly look at the money trap ahead of you by attending college. It is now a racket to imprison a student into near life-long debt. Should you take that risk? Does your goal require that risk?

College Became A Racket after 1970:

Prior to 1970 college was worth every cent invested in it. But then it became another racket. Classes were dumbed down, in that a lot of courses were teaching old information as technology changed and yet the schools remained the same. Here is one example I personally experienced.

In high school I was a D+ student, especially in Algebra and Geometry. In college in the 70s, they began requiring remedial classes prior to graduation, such as Pre-Algebra, Writing For Non-English majors, etc. These classes were in addition to the required courses to graduate. This mean their advertisement said X number of course hours required, but later it becomes X plus 30 more hours.

I went to night school and when I was ready to graduate I was told by an Advisor I had another 30 hours to go. One such course was Pre-Algebra. I pointed out I had taken several advanced math courses such as Statistics and Discrete Math and made all “As”. But for some reason that didn’t matter. I booked a meeting with the college president and three hours later I got a call from the advisor saying “Congratulations, you just graduated.” So you can see its a racket that is now way overpriced.

Just to prove my point, in all the math classes I took in college we had to do hand calculations for difficult math equations. We were not allowed to use a basic calculator costing $7 today. Today no one uses algebra; they use special calculators or write their own spreadsheet programs. Gone are the days of doing it by hand, yet the schools still teach the hand method. I suggest a three month course can be learned in a two hour seminar.

In working on my Masters in Computer Science, I took a Micro Chip Architecture class. That is now the chip that runs your car or watch. We had to program the chip by typing only ones or zeros in all the fields, all at once, without the ability to make corrections. If you made a mistake you had to erase your program and have to begin all over.

I had to get up at 5 AM to drive to school to use their machines to program as that was the only time the machines were available to students. If I made a mistake I would be late for work. All of the students were furious because we all knew there were text editor programs we could use from home to type in our programs in 5 minutes and submit. When the class rebelled halfway through the semester the professor said he just wanted us to appreciate how early programmers had to work! Again, a great many hours of our time was wasted by the college “just because”. That entire course could have been taught in about four two-hour seminars in my opinion.

I suggest you first determine if your career path requires certification to be hired. If so you may have to play the college game. If not, such as a marketing career, consider self study and really do it. It can be done for free in today’s time and a heck of a lot quicker. Perhaps you may want to take some college classes but not the entire program. Don’t worry, they will take your money.


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