Mike Rowe calmly discussing the scam that is college isn’t all that surprising (see Mike Rowe Weighs in on College Admissions Scam, Says College is Still Too Expensive and VIDEO: Mike Rowe Exposes the Scam of College and Student Loans). That doesn’t mean we grow tired of him calmly discussing it.
It’s an important enough point that needs to be highlighted anytime it’s mentioned.
So where’s the outrage for the pressure that we put on a seventeen-year-old to borrow $100,000? So much of that pressure comes from their mom and dad; it’s well-intended, but it’s kind of tragic. And where’s the outrage for the guidance counselors, who continually say the best path for the most people just happens to be the most expensive. And the politicians and the lobbyists who exacerbate the same myth and the employers who still insist on only interviewing people with a four-year degree.
So, college is expensive because we’ve freed up an unlimited pile of free money and told an entire generation they were doomed to fail if they didn’t borrow it, and that’s happened in every single tax bracket, not just the top one.
Nailed it. The real outrage isn’t this admissions scandal, it’s the scandal we place on someone not admitted to college, the attitude their life is doomed to fail. Rich people paid a lot of money to send their idiot kids to school? Meh. If Lori Loughlin never acts again, who cares. I never liked Fuller House or When Calls the Heart anyway. My attitude isn’t an anti-education thing, mind you. We need doctors and engineers, lawyers and scientists. Which all require more schooling that your average comedy writer. Fair.
But everyone else doesn’t need to drop over 100k in schooling. No, you really don’t. You may think you do, but no, you don’t. “Education” doesn’t need to happen at an institution of “higher learning” it can happen on your own, under your own power, depending on the job it is you seek. Plus a little of that experience.
People in your life insisting you need a BA or a BFA to succeed, that’s the scandal. In many cases you just need skills (which can be self-taught if you have the drive) and experience.