I really like Seth Godin. He has this way of summarizing an argument in a few words. He also sees angles that others sometimes don’t. I have written before about how students in college are over paying for the credential, not the learning. In other words they are buying a piece of paper.
This is what Seth is talking about in this blog post. But is it true?
If the piece of paper was more important than what you learn I think the following would be happening:
- To keep costs down, more and more teaching would be done by low cost adjuncts.
- Tenure would be under attack because that protects expensive teachers.
- More money would be spent on marketing and facilities than on the education itself.
- Colleges would be admitting more out of state students because they pay more.
- Businesses would be hiring based mostly on where you went to school, not what you learned.
- Our economy would be very unstable because the people who went to the Ivy League schools didn’t actually learn anything.
Yeah, I agree, that’s crazy talk.