As we’ve noted before, college—at least for many students, and in many areas of study—”functions more and more as a signaling device for employers and a networking tool for the middle and upper classes rather than as a rigorous educational program.” There are a number of interests that would like to see this system sustained—academic bureaucracies, downwardly mobile children of the rich, and investors in student debt chief among them. But employers, students, and the public at large are all better served by a job market that allocates opportunities based on actual skills and knowledge, rather than empty letters on a resume.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
The Purpose of College
To me, the purpose of college should be "to provide an education". Some of that education can be utilitarian, designed to prepare people for employment in certain fields. Some of that education can be of the "self actualization" variety. My fear is that, for too many colleges and universities, providing an education isn't really the primary goal: