Posted by: crudbasher | August 10, 2011

Higher Tuition Hurts Humanities Most

I love to learn. I think most teachers say that about themselves. In fact, I bet many teachers got into teaching because they enjoyed learning so much! There are many classes colleges offered that I would love to take, not to get a job but just to better myself. Unfortunately that’s not an option right now. Why? Well like most people I can’t afford it.

(cc) Charalampos Konstantinidis

There is no doubt that vast majority of people who go to college are doing it to get a job afterwards. Those that get degrees like engineering are likely to get a decent job where they can earn enough to pay back their loans in a reasonable time. However, if you take Greek History as a major, what can you do? Basically you can teach but there are a very finite amount of those job at universities.

The need to get a job to pay for college makes colleges have only one purpose. Instead of a place for people to learn about things, it’s primary purpose is to prepare people for jobs. The higher the cost of college, the more tightly focused that purpose will get. Degrees that don’t get you a job will be considered “useless”.

The sad part about this is I don’t consider any kind of learning to be useless. If you take a class on Greek History it can help broaden your mind and you might get insights on current world problems. This is a good thing! Wouldn’t you think that there is a whole market of older people who would interested in broadening their horizons? I mean, when you are college age, you know everything so they aren’t good candidates. πŸ™‚ For example, imagine a retired couple wanting to take a trip to Greece. They could take an online course on Greek History. You can do this today of course, but it’s expensive.

The colleges that will survive the approaching Stormfront are the ones who realize that learning is lifelong, but at current prices the only ones who can afford to go to college are the ones with nothing to lose.

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  1. “The sad part about this is I don’t consider any kind of learning to be useless.” – While I do agree with this statement, I only agree with it in a certain context. I believe that we must educate ourselves in order to be successful in the future, and in order to be successful in the future, we must have some kind of career; however, it is good to be a “well-rounded” student, academically speaking.

    I don’t think that students should focus on learning things that will not be practically useful in the long-run, such as majoring in Poetry (unless you’re e.e. cummings), or Art History (unless you’re Michelangelo).

    I do, however, agree with you that tuition rates are far too high at many colleges and, thus, do not enable most people to take courses simply for the sake of learning – which I also believe to be extremely valuable, but in a different way.

    Very provocative post! If you love learning as much as you say you do, I’m sure that you’re also a fantastic teacher! πŸ™‚

    • I have theorized that in the future there will be a lot less focus on actual degrees and more personalization in class selection. The work place is changing so rapidly that we might have to continuously reinvent our skills set. Who knows which of our college classes will prove to be useful in the future? Much lower tuition costs would provide a different dynamic to the college system I think where learning could be more lifelong.

      Thank you very much for your kind words! I wasn’t setting out to write something provocative but I also don’t want to agree with everyone! πŸ™‚

      Thanks for commenting!


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