There has been a lot of talk recently about whether a getting a 4 year college degree is all that it's cracked up to be. Most of the talk has centered around a book that was recently released by a reknowned political scientist, Charles Murray. He argues that for about 80 percent of the population, a B.A. is a joke, simply because 80 percent doesn't have the IQ necessary to actually understand most of their college work anyways, and that the piece of paper they get upon graduation infers nothing to future employers about how well that person will fare, or something along those lines. I posted some quotes from a NY Times interview with this Murray guy because clearly my IQ isn't capable of explaining his theory.
"Let’s stop this business of the B.A., this meaningless credential. And let’s talk about having something kids can take to an employer that says what they know, not where they learned it. " -Murray
To the belief that anyone can do anything they choose if they really put their mind to it: "You're out of touch with reality in that regard. You have not hung around with kids who are well in the lower half of the ability distribution. " -Murray
To his theory that only 20 percent of college students are smart enough to be there: "Eighty percent are not able to deal with college-level material, traditionally understood. Someone can sit down with Paul Samuelson’s textbook and stare at the pages and know what most of the words mean. That does not mean that they walk away from it understanding economics as it is taught in the textbook." -Murray
He basically argues that a 2 year vocational school is the way to go for many kids, or that simply getting a shit-job out of high school and busting your ass for a few years is much more educational for the dummies (80 percent) than attending a 4 year university.
I'm not sure if I agree with Murray because in my personal experience I fall on both sides of the fence. Yes my 4 year B.A. in Political Science is absolutely worthless when it comes to applying what I actually learned in college to a job, any job, not just bartending. Even in my 9 to 5 jobs I didn't use an iota of what I learned (in the classroom).
On the other hand, the experience of going to college helped make me the outgoing, quick-witted, man-whore that I am today. I learned more from the experience of being there than I did from any text book. By dealing with college, professors and my peers I was more prepared to go into sales and then of course bartending, than I would have been if I had become, say, an electrician straight out of high school.
I agree that a majority of the population is stupid and that a piece of paper that says you went to school for four years should be considered worthless, unfortunately without that piece of paper most decent companies will never hire someone. What I find funny now though, is that I'm almost certain that any future (distant future) job I end up getting will have nothing to do with my degree, or the fact that I have one. Infact that next job will come solely from knowing people and street skills, not from being able to explain campaign finance reform or by being able to name the last 17 Republican vice presidential candidates. Kids, a Poli Sci degree is a joke. Don't let anyone tell you different.
I very seriously doubt I'll ever have to verify that I'm a college graduate ever again, which sort of sucks because I'm still paying that place 200 bucks a month for letting me get drunk all the time and banging an unspeakable amount of sorority girls.