Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Is a College Degree a Cultural Relic?

Photo by Werwin15
My oldest child graduates from college this coming Saturday, so scant blogging for me.

The family will make the trek to Vermont to partake in the ceremony. Lately, this ritual of college graduation has taken on a dubious distinction. Face it, the fact that Peter Theil is paying kids NOT to seek a college degree says something.

I’ve long been saying that higher education is the next bubble. Meaning, how it’s financed and operated is unsustainable. Creating a vast underclass of over-educated surfs who are slaves to big college loans is sheer recklessness.

Still, my heart flutters as I pack my suitcase in anticipation of the moment. I put a kid though college…during a major recession.

The American Dream may have seen better days. It has always rested on the belief in getting a good education. Call me a Luddite, but I still believe that a good education is its own reward. And when it’s your own kid, believe me, you happily invoke a willing suspension of disbelief.


Karen Hanrahan said...

one mom to another my heart feels tremendous kindred pride for you and your graduate. oh happy moment in time. not degreed i feel has not served me, street smart has me looked at uniquely - yet where am I in the scheme of things? seems like degreed or not many are struggling. my eldest landed in england today, i met with the office of study abroad to send the other in the fall to dublin - i experience them as taking things on. perhaps i did something right after all! Thank you for saying that college dept is sheer recklessness. Perhaps the "industry" of higher education needs an reality check.

Patricia Martin said...

Congrats on your kids heading off to the UK to learn from life there. I can't imagine a better thing to do when we are young!

Haus said...

A good education is preparing for the future. It is always worthwhile to invest in the future. One great thing when it comes to their own children!