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polster2 May 30th, 2018 12:20pm

A recent study found that 1/3 of Americans learn nothing in college, and tuition is about $50,000 per year due to government subsidies using taxpayer dollars. If you study something like sociology or gender studies, is college worth the cost?

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suppressedID destiny is right now
05/30/18 8:52 am

Who wants to live in a world where you are simply plugged into a job based on skills?

suppressedID destiny is right now
05/30/18 8:56 am

And I would question your assertion that people learn “nothing“. Maybe they are exposed to things that they would not normally choose, and may not even like, but it increases their awareness of the world.

polster2 US
05/30/18 10:41 am

You didn't read the article, did you?

suppressedID destiny is right now
05/30/18 10:48 am

I did, actually. Stossel - and Caplan - sounds like sour grapes.

And the standing up analogy isn’t appropriate, it’s more like “all boats rise together “. I’ll agree that college isn’t for everyone, but this is a blanket condemnation, and opting for work skills over edification.

Senate101 San Diego
05/30/18 8:11 am

Sociology? Yes. Gender studies? No.

tractorman Oklahoma
05/30/18 6:12 am

There are many thought about what college does. It is not just a job training institution. It does much more than that. It teaches people how to think outside their little boxes, to appreciate life, recognize and understand the intricacies of life, and how to enjoy your short time on earth. It creates our leaders and scientists and philosophers.
Without seeing what life is about, great bridges built by engineers are only good to jump off of.

Caseyh13 USA
05/30/18 5:24 am

I think it just depends on what your occupation is going to be when you finish and if you will be using the degree you get.

polster2 US
05/30/18 5:34 am

Except pretty much all jobs, with the exception of highly-technical jobs, have on-the-job training, which doesn’t require a college degree.