The Higher Education Bubble

After doing some more research on both well-respected and not so well-respected websites, it seems that the general consensus about the education bubble today is that going to college will only be worth it if you are aiming for a professional degree. The emphasis at most 4-year universities is not only to teach necessary job skills but also to teach critical thinking and the general “college experience”–including broad academic growth and life skills such as time management. All of those extras obtained at college are certainly worth it for pre-professional students–who will ultimately need these skills to succeed at the next level–but not for someone just going for a 4-year, liberal arts degree. In short, universities now aren’t teaching enough raw job skills to justify paying so much more for tuition; it would be much more beneficial for those without aspirations of a professional degree to attend community or vocational schools and learn the other necessary skills as they go–certainly not ideal, but very practical in the midst of rising tuition and student loan costs.

As a college student who is finishing up his second year of “gen-eds”, I can definitely see the wisdom in this recommendation; if I were to drop out of college right now and start looking for a job, I feel as though I would be less prepared now than I was after high school…the value of practical job skills in this economy seems

infinitely more beneficial than the value of knowing organic chemistry. Obviously, having taken these gen eds will eventually pay off, but for now I’m left wondering what I have really learned how to do in college thus far.

The video which helped inform me about the economic repercussions of a non-professional college education was found on youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAwBN2Q8L14) and the article appealing to college-aged kids was found on Forbes (http://news.yahoo.com/bursting-the-higher-education-bubble–why-college-shouldn’t-matter.html).

As far over my head as possible

http://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21570710-bank-japan-tests-limits-shinzo-abes-economic-power-win-some-lose

Ever since my junior year of high school, I’ve attempted at various times to sit down and read parts of The Economist because I wanted to feel more grown up. And every time I do this, I end up spending more time looking at the Dictionary app on my phone than actually reading it. Even after high-school and college level economics, I can’t get through an article on economic policy from this magazine to save my life. It’s not just the technical terms…sometimes I feel like they order sentences in a confusing way to like “weed out” readers who shouldn’t be reading their magazine or something. Maybe they intentionally scale up the level of their writing to ensure it stays a high-tier news source, even if it hurts them economically. Either way, this article is for sure over my head.

Sean Anderson Bio

Hey all-
I’m Sean, a sophomore EEB major with plans to go to med school if all goes well. I lived in San Francisco and Boston before age 2 then spent the next 17 years in Milwaukee…it never ceases to amaze me how few people (including Michigan natives) know what state that’s in. Growing up in Brew City really got me interested in baseball, since the Brewers are the only good pro team within 50 miles, and that interest has led me all across the country to see games in different stadiums. During the offseason, though, I work as a study group leader for the Science Learning Center here at UM. I’m really looking forward to seeing what this writing minor will be all about and to getting to know you all over the next few years.

-Sanderson

Untrustworthy Writing Example

http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/8871864/manti-teo-acknowledges-lying-first-tv-interview

I would never go so far as to say ESPN would straight up lie about facts featured in an article, but when a story such as this hits, it is in the best economic interest of the company to embellish some facts and leave others out to create more buzz about a story that may not be as complex as initially thought to be. In addition, the title of the article condemns Manti Te’o much more than the actual content of the article does, again suggesting alternative motives for the writers who may just want to make their name known.