There was a time when possession of a four-year degree meant something (“PC insanity may mean the end of American universities,” New York Post, June 1). That was because relatively few people continued their education beyond high school. But it was also because indoctrination was alien to academe. Today, however, what’s going on is a travesty.
With the exception of science, technology, engineering and math courses, the social sciences and humanities have become venues for grievance studies of one kind or another. Free speech is a one-way street, where only those expressing the views of the majority are allowed to be heard. Others are either shouted down or disinvited.
The widely publicized premium attached to a bachelor’s degree is always stated in terms of averages. I’d like to see more attention given to the premium attached to specific majors. I question if majoring in the humanities, for example, has a greater payoff than majoring in STEM. Moreover, I doubt that once student debt is factored in, those majoring in the humanities earn significantly more than those vocationally trained.
We’ve been wildly oversold on the value of a college degree. In the final analysis, college is merely the most convenient place to learn how to learn. It is not an absolute determinant. Young people and their parents will undoubtedly continue to be attracted to brand name colleges and universities. But lesser brand names will lose enrollment and eventually shut down.
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