Avoiding the College Trap

From Joel McDurmon over at American Vision:

A college degree guarantees you nothing. It could, in fact, ruin your future.

There was a time when having a college degree almost guaranteed you a “good job,” certainly one that pays better than those not requiring a bachelor’s degree. Parents then determined that the costs involved added up to an investment in their child’s future—an investment that would undoubtedly pay off. The general public soon grew so assured of the value of a degree that it grew acceptable and common to borrow toward that investment. Today, student loans are the rule.

This entire process assumes several things, all of which might have held true at one time or in limited circumstances, hardly any of which remain true today or in general. Yet a blind faith that includes all of these assumptions rules the day for decisions about higher education. The results are disastrous.…Students all over the US graduate with pointless degrees, no experience, no real training, no job prospects, and thousands in debt. The median, according to FinAid.org, is about $24,000 per graduate today. This only counts graduates, not the 50% who don’t even graduate and still have thousands in debt….

We place a value on literacy, and rightly so. But we fail if we don’t move further. Literacy makes readers, but the exaltation merely of reading leads to an exaltation of the printed word. It takes on an authority, and this leads to a casual submission, or at least intimidation, before anyone who has written anything.[1] “Author” becomes “authority,” and professors and grad students love that role. Useful idiots believe they’re critical thinkers because they were told they’re critical thinkers and were handed a degree as certification of the fact. But rarely if ever do they think critically.

Read the entire article at this link.

2 thoughts on “Avoiding the College Trap

  1. This article saddens me–and it isn’t because I completely agree with it. As a university senior this year, I cringe whenever anyone would discourage young people from college. Yes, I understand the concerns outlined above–but rather than avoiding college altogether, provision should be made to avoid the pitfalls.

    Praise the Lord for parents who gave me wise counsel and sacrificed of themselves to ensure a higher Christ-centered education (at a wonderful God-centered University). I will graduate not only-debt free, but with savings in my bank account. I am looking forward to how the Lord, who has already provided so much, will provide for grad school–even doctoral work in the future.

    I hope not going to college is the exception–rather than the rule.


    1. Hi, Laura! We actually do not discourage a college education. It’s where you get it and how that bothers us. The brick-and-mortar model is dying in this country. Its funeral dirge is being played in places as diverse as The Wall Street Journal and CNN News. For the vast majority of students, an institutional college education means walking away four years later with an enormous debt burden and no guarantee of a job that will pay the loans back. Then add in all the ridiculous anti-educational courses students are forced to sit through to fulfill diversity and tolerance quotas, and you get a model that’s just killing itself. We strongly encourage both men and women to continue learning over a lifetime. And a “higher” education isn’t limited to a campus. It is available online, through distance learning, and locally through one-on-one tutoring programs. These new models are far more in line with the technological advances and mentoring relationships of the 21st century — and they are far less expensive than going away to a university.

      So we’re not telling anyone to avoid college altogether–far from it! The point is to make the most of the educational opportunities that are available today while pursuing a Christ-centered, debt-free education. It’s great that you’ve been able to manage that. Wise parents are a blessing!


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