Thursday, November 6, 2014

Why college education is a scam

Sorry of this offends you. This posts targets American colleges and the american educational system only.

It’s ironic parents, teachers or even famous folks, are telling the children, “higher paying jobs are the way to go”. Point being, are we taught from a young age, “money = success" ?

The suicide rate of my generation (teenage) is the highest in the world and suicidal kids are rich for the most part.  The college mental health crisis is rising, it is severe. Why do you think is that?

If I had an honest conversation with college it would be like this:

University: Learn this stuff by heart.

Me: Why?

University: Because I told you.

Me: Will it be useful in the career I'm aspiring to get?

University: Not at all. You'll forget all of it 0.14232 seconds after you're done vomiting up on the exam.

Me: Why learn it this way then?

University: Because I'm an archaic system that used to have a monopoly on the production of knowledge but that has been unable to evolve with contemporary society. By the way your bill's ready. Pay up, sucker; you want that magical piece of paper at the end of your program, don't you?

Me: A magical piece of paper that will get me into a 9-5 job jive where it make someone else rich and lead to a path of mediocrity. Not to mention that you're taking the  most fresh years of my life, just getting sucked-up by lazy instructors and lifeless material that I will forget after one week of taking the exam!

University: Right! You need to have a certain kind of brain to understand the dead language that we write and teach you in textbooks, but we brainwash you form the little kid up, so that you buy into the system; and you get good grades, and you study hard and you become a member of the total system.

University: You don't know how to think because we told you how to think our way! It was a lie and we have let it dictate your life ever since.

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During the first eighteen (highschool) years of our lives, we were given a set of beliefs that were rooted in prejudices, fears and illusions. It was never based in actual experience by any the above. They too were all lies. We fell for the spell. We were rewarded based on a punished based on meeting the approval of other's people standards not our own.


The educational system taught us, as we were growing up,  to be rewarded and punished based on meeting the approval of other people’s standards, not our own. Make good grades. Take advanced courses. Play on the sports teams. Score high on standardized tests. These metrics make for a productive workforce but not a happy workforce.

Let me explain, a kid who is excited about cars is going to have a hell much better time learning about math and physics if they can be put in the context that he cares about.

But if he isn't responsible for the why of what he is leaning, then he's not learning physics and math, he's learning how to fake it and make someone else happy.

According to surveys in U.S. News and World Report,  
80% of “high-achieving” high school students admit to cheating.
51% of high school students did not believe cheating was wrong.
95% of cheating high school students said that they had not been detected.
75% of college students admitted cheating, and 90% of college students didn't believe cheaters would be caught.
Almost 85% of college students said cheating was necessary to get ahead.

Do you know why?

Your system is performance-based and not purpose-based. It teaches mimicry and not passion.

It’s to satisfy somebody else’s standard. Probably, a future employer? It didn't evolve.


Cellphone evolution:

                     

College evolution:



How many times growing up did you ever hear students complain: 

This is pointless. Why do I have to learn this?

And, they would still learn it. And probably never use it in college. They get trained to become performance-based employees. Workers who don't think.

This will never lead to any one's self-satisfaction.  This is called spiritual suicide.

That's why academia completely and utterly is worthless for any person who desires to reach his or her full potential.

The emphasis on success as external performance is a vestige in this industrial age — it molded us, kids, teenagers, and adults into pliant worker bees, not happy individuals. It doesn't make sense anymore.

College nowadays forces their authority on students. 

Making the student dependent on authority, focusing on performance over purpose, is a main core foundation of academia. It kills thinking. It promotes mindless parroting and inane certainty. It keeps crap TV on the air.


Do you know how the American educational system work


According to my experience, I can safely say that:


  • College's traditional basic skills are out of date. Communication has shifted and now revolves around different technology such as the mobile phone, the internet, games playing. Student adept at understanding, interaction, communication, but in different forms; but college didn't! 

  • College forces a student at 18 years old to pick a future career from that young age. College expects that all teens know what they want to study in.

  • College makes students memorize page after page technical words and theories without having to understand them. Or worse, you make us have to use them in sentences and deduct points when we don't copy the textbook's phrases word for word.

  • College makes students  study and study and study so in-depth and so narrowly that they have we no context of how it relates to anything else.



Higher education today has become a money making machine for lazy professors and administrators.

Counter-argument: But, I don't want my doctor to be self-taught. Without a college degree, how can anyone be a doctor?

This also applies to teachers, engineers, accountants, architects, librarians, lawyers, pharmacists, medical technicians, IT professionals, etc... -  those are all jobs that typically require a college degree from the employers and the government.

But, you don't seem to be getting the point, that I'm not against education, I'm against the educational system. It has to be changed, because it is destroying education, and the evidence is showing.

While enrolling in a college education will give you a background about the profession, and give you a piece of paper showing you've been an academic slave, it will make it efficient for you to work, it will model you into being a worker bee, and besides most people get any degree for moneystatus, or making dad or mom's dream come true ; and you know that. Rarely, college students enroll or study a field because they're interested in it.

Besides, you really learn when you start practicing your profession.

The way that most of teachers teach, and the educational system makes students hate learning. Classes have turned into an extravagant, pointless, ugly desire to get the "A". Less social disapproval coupled with increased competition for admission into universities and graduate schools has made us more willing to do whatever it takes to get the A. The "A", that pointless letter.

Students are trained only to think inside the box, this is proven by the rigid architecture in our entire education system that forces students to take certain courses that most will never apply in their life or in their careers, ie. Physics, Calculus Algebra, Geometry etc.

Instead of focusing on a child's aptitude at an early age and pushing them toward a career path with courses that are tailor-made for their future careers, students are pushed into a 1,000 year-old anecdotal non-sense belief system that encourages students to waste time taking courses to be "become more well-rounded".

At worse, grad school forces a student to choose one topic to study in insane depth and to choose a topic that basically conformed to the topics people had been choosing to research for decades and decades already. And instead of coming up with grand new ideas,  they spend my time parsing out some tiny little angle on the same goddamned idea people had been writing about for decades.

They force them to specialize, specialize, specialize. It will drive the poor academic student batshit crazy. Rather than getting smarter and more educated, the student will be learning more than they will ever wanted to know (and more than anyone else would ever want to know) about one tiny aspect of something. They're not getting smarter. They're becoming an uber-specialist on something that’s so detailed that no one but you is going to care about.

That’s not important work. That’s pointless mental masturbation.

Doesn't this to relate why Millennials are unemployed, underemployed and headed for disaster?

Success, by today’s standard, has been defined as having lots of worthless degrees, money, power and fame. It's to appear happily employed when you're really not, it’s to drive a luxury car or a big SUV, it’s to live in a McMansion at a prominent address and to send your children to private schools, it’s to be members of the country club or the next best thing in your small mind, it’s to run with all the “right” people with worthless degree and big college debts who also haven't found their talents nor have they risen to their full potential and found their destiny. It’s all one big lie.

Our teachers are brainwashed and we need to do something about it.

We need real education instead of schooling, indoctrination where they you give a degree only for being an obedient idiot.

Quite everyone is interested in something, everyone is genius in something, but the "educational" system we have kills our creativity in early age and makes homogeneous drones, internally struggling all our life because of a fake education forcing lifeless education material. It's a control system that has been holding us back for ages. 

The question that we should be asking ourselves, students, is the more profound one: "Given that we do exist, what are we going to accomplish with our existence?" Right now, we are largely squandering our existence because we never ask ourselves this question as a species.

A common logical question one can ask is, "Why am I going to college?" Given these information, we can now answer the question definitively: There is no "reason" to go to college and pursue a degree. You can learn anything online. It's time we stop aiming for degrees and pieces of paper.

The question that we should be asking ourselves is simple: What is our goal as a species? We are, potentially, the only intelligent species in the entire universe. What are we going to do with our existence? Are we going to waste our time in college pursuing a degree and A's? Have you ever considered it?
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