Originally posted by DigiLusionist
[B]You pay for school because you’re investing in yourself. Not for the privilege of working.
I received two degrees and I ended up with $30k in loans. It’s interesting to me that the arguments presented here against going to university always have a $70k+ pricetag attached to them.
Unless you’re planning on going to Harvard or Yale, the cost of school is not that much. That is unless you’re suggesting a person be a bonehead and not work their way through school, and simply rack up loans for no reason.
I guess getting an education is no longer viewed as a commodity any more… [/B]
I don’t believe that getting an education is viewed as a commodity anymore, it’s viewed as a requirement. Look at how many college students go to school that don’t want to be there, and just screw off for four years, then come home with no skills and no experience. They don’t value it because either their parents pay for school, or they get a loan. And since debt it so common people start to think of loans as free money. The average American has 14 credit cards, $8,000+ in credit card debt, and pays over $80 a month in credit card interest alone. This does not even include automobile and mortgage debt.
Coming from a person that has no debt this seems like complete insanity! It is no wonder there are people out there making $100,000 a year who can’t even get ahead. Because they have already spent all of tommorows money! You are supposed to spend yesterdays money, not tommorows! Getting in debt for schooling is a great lead into the rat race. It’s the first step onto the track of constant consumerism, supported by and reliant on constant employment. Most people wish to get out of the rat race once they’ve been in for a couple years. Why do you think you see all these get rich quick schemes on late night TV? But if you never get into the rat race in the first place , then you won’t have to worry about getting out later.
About 10 years ago automobile insurance was an optional purchase, somewhat like renters insurance, earthquake insurance, and other supplemental insurance policies are today. Like those types of insurance it was relatively cheap, you would pay maybe $15-$30 a month for your car insurance. This was just enough for the insurance companies to stay in business, cover their claims, and make a moderate profit. Then the insurance companies sucessfully lobbied the government to make it a requirement to purchase their product. And since then what has happened? Car insurance rates have gone through the roof!
What does this have to do with college? In recent years college tuitions and fees have also been going through the roof, much like insurance rates they are accelerating well beyond the pace of the economy. Why? People attend college for the same reason they buy car insurance, because they think it is a requirement. If something is required it doesn’t matter if it cost $100, $1000, or $1,000,000. You simply do not have a choice. Colleges have done their best to promote themselves the same way insurance companies do; as the only viable option. The brainwashing campaign starts as soon as you are old enough to know what college is.
I remember when I was in elementary school the teacher asked for a show of hands. “Who want’s to go to college?” she asked. All the hands in the classroom went up. “Good for you” was her response, “because if you don’t go to college you will never get a good job, and if you don’t get good grades here in elementary school you will never go to college”. The teacher didn’t ask us what we wanted to do for a living first. She didn’t ask how our families financial situation was. She simply made a blanket statement. “Go to college or else you will be stupid and poor”. This sentiment is repeated to us througout highscool, on tv, from the government, from our parents. The bullshit flies in from all angles, and every time someone falls for it the colleges collect a check.
Politicians tell about how their dream is for “every student to be able to have a college education”. Well 100 years ago some politician’s dream was for every student to have a high school education. And now that that is true no-one values it. As soon as an education becomes both accesible to everyone and a requirement it is no longer special. When my dad was in school his teachers used to lecture him much the same way they did me. But instead of saying “If you don’t go to college you will never get a good job” they said “If you don’t graduate high school you will never get a good job”. Today that statement is laughable since according to popular opinion a high school diploma is now completely useless unless acompanied by a college education.
Soon a 4 year college degree will become a useless, expensive, requirement just like car insurance. More money going out that never comes back in. Another rung on the hamster wheel. Another reason to keep you working every single day of your miserable life as they push back the retirement age and invent new drugs to keep you doped up, alive, and still working.
Some people like to think that humans are the most highly evolved species on the planet. I disagree. I think that bees and ants are the most highly evolved. As an ant you are born, you work mindlessly your entire life supporting the sytem, then you die. This is the evolutionary path we are on right now.