My parents wanted me to attend a University not only to "get an education" but also (more likely) to find my future social group and a possible
husband. I attended several semesters, saw through the bunk for what it was...(back then I was going for an Arts degree, but already wanted to be a
cartoonist and didn't have the knack for the reproduction of the more "serious" techniques)...and felt it silly the rates were so high when I could
self educate for a fraction of the cost.
*cough* Bradbury *cough*
Backpacked the country, hung out in cafes and bookstores eagerly reading everything I could get my hands on I instinctively felt had merit and worth
to becoming a well rounded artisan. After all, I had spent 7 hours putting into my art every night after school anyway from Kindergarten up so,
what's new? I didn't need a Professor telling me what I already damn well knew.
Fickle degree. Pricey piece of paper.
After eight years of travel, I decided to settle down and re-enter the University experience, this time, with a double major of Psychology and
Sociology, and ended up dropping out - AGAIN - because nothing has changed, it was still a sham and the lack of any intellectual stimulation was
oppressive and humiliating.
Then the internet became a thing.
Now, I study at my skill level at my leisure, not worrying about expensive overpriced textbooks, scrambling for grants or trying to pay back
outrageous student loans, and am working towards tangible accreditation through an Honorary Degree.
Granted, this works for my Major and aptitude - not all learn equally....but the very notion of providing "free tuition" so Universities filled with
students actively working hard towards accreditation and struggling through the ropes to be swarmed with a bunch of freeloading socialites who will
never put their brains to use once "the free ride" is over is a nauseating thought to me.
It just turns a campus into little more than a glorified Day Care Center for "child-adults".
And we already have enough of a problem with those without those of us with aptitude and know how being overlooked because we don't have a damned
piece of $50,000-$150,000 paper
Stupid is as stupid does, but for most "soft majors" everything they need to know can be administered online and through social institutions (public
libraries) and technological outlets already widespread and available for free.
The wisest thing anyone ever told me was :
"Don't jump right into College from High School....travel first. Then decide what you want to do."
Until everyone gets on board with a comprehensive Life Experience outside of sitting blankly in a desk in a box in full scale absorption mode,
isolated from the realities
of the World they're expected to enter into as contributing adults, we'll have nothing more than an endless stream
of boxed in brains living woeful, miserable and financially devastated existences.
As WeRpeons stated so succinctly:
Those who are not motivated to Learn, simply Fail.
And the majority of Learning, isn't found in a book.
Socialization has it's place, but like I said, a University is not a Day Care Center.
We need a better option for those inclined to perform "armpit hair growth" studies.
Perhaps Government Grants?
Oh wait....that's called Welfare.
No one likes that idea, do they?
After all, we can't "progress" when such types are holding us back. Maybe we need more research grants to find a humane and viable long term social
solution to this conundrum. Perhaps the answer isn't to be found in a "formal" University.
If any bidders are reading, I'll be in my office.
Watching Judge Judy.
edit on 1/20/16 by GENERAL EYES because: formatting, grammar, blah blah blah