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Thursday, October 23, 2008

 
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America's Most Overrated Product: the Bachelor's Degree

College professor Glenn Reynolds has one word: "ouch."

I read this sentence and thought of an entirely different subject than that the author Marty Nemko pursues:

Colleges are quick to argue that a college education is more about enlightenment than employment.

By "enlightenment" Nemko refers to the propensity to prioritize research over education; "Colleges and universities are businesses, and students are a cost item, while research is a profit center."

What concerns me is that four-year programs prioritize subjects outside the major than within. Degree programs require that students take the same history and literature classes they took in high school - that's four classes that could be devoted to learning something that's actually needed on the job. Colleges need to be more vocationally oriented.

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