This is causing universities to rethink their value to students,” says Professor Koller, who is from Stanford University’s computer science department. The most prestigious universities are always going to have enough demand for places - but the emergence of high-quality online courses could be tougher for middle-ranking institutions. Why would you pay high fees to sit through a mediocre lecture, when you could go online and watch world experts at another university, even if it’s in another country? “The universities in the middle will really have to think about their proposition,” she says.
We get it, English majors are poor. But instead of following the money, shouldn’t we be asking why our culture undervalues arts and humanities? College students should certainly know what they’re getting into when they choose to study, say, philosophy or German, especially with tuition costs and student loan interest rates rising. But those figures should be coupled with a few important caveats.
I would agree. Yet there are a lot of employers who expect a degree. Even if the work does not need that knowledge. I have a animation degree. I had to get it if I wanted to work in animation. Why? Because the people who hire animators will not even look at my art unless I have that degree. Yet the work and skill does not need the college degree. All you need is good computer and art skills. Things you can gain on your own.
What a sad world we live in.
nodiggityok asked: if you don’t want government funded education, then how do you plan on educating everyone? well obviously the economy is affected by more than just education however in general education does improve it. we would have an even worse economy without education. ….i loathe universities though. that is a good reason to change, but not abolish education…or education funding by the government at least.
First off, taxation is theft. Taxation is stealing money from an individual for your gain (or someone else’s gain). Whether you believe that it’s okay to steal is up to you—maybe you support utilitarianism—but it nonetheless theft. There are plenty of leftists (i.e. Benjamin Tucker) who agree with this notion. In fact, Bleeding Heart Libertarians is a website specifically dedicated to solving social issues through libertarian means. And don’t try to hold some kind of high ground on me; the libertarians on here are a few of the strictest anti-corporate individuals I’ve ever met.
Second, read the first post more carefully: rejecting government-controlled and forcibly-funded education ≠ rejecting the existence of education.
As for, “…how do you plan on educating everyone?”—I don’t plan to educate anyone. If an individual desires to attend a university, I support his or her voluntary choice to do so. Other people simply do not want to attend college, yet the government still forces them to pay for these schools to exist. Second, read “The Broken Window.” It’s short and it will clarify a few things for you. Every cent used for public schools is stolen from us in the first place, so, when you dismantle government education, you return all of that money to families and students for them to use as they wish. And either way pre-university schools are funded by property taxes (not income taxes), so don’t pretend you’re only going to tax the rich.