just to be clear here I’m not anti college
I’m anti college as how the system exists right now, I’m anti debt, and I’m anti dumb shit that gets voted for because it sounds nice when you put it on a campaign button
college tuition has gone up 500 times the rate of inflation since 1985 and publicly available student loans are the sole reason for this.
this crazy idea that “everyone should go to college” fucks us on so many fronts it’s unreal
first of all you end up with this odd situation where governments are spending billions of dollars enabling people to go to school. This sounds all nice and happy in theory but what you end up with is removing any incentive for colleges to keep their rates low and services good. Suddenly, everyone can not only afford your product, but also everyone is taught from a young age that they need your product to be successful in life. Suddenly it doesn’t matter whether a semester costs 5k or 40k, students will get loans to cover it regardless. Prices raise. Quality drops. No one cares. The easy ability for students to get loans is attractive not only for the colleges, who profit directly, but also for the government, who make significant returns on interest.
secondly you end up with this even odder situation where the fact that everyone has a degree so it doesn’t even fucking matter anymore. It used to be that if you had a degree, you had a job. Now you can have a degree and you might not even have an interview for a job. Everyone has a degree, everyone is told they need a degree, employers think you need a degree, the whole thing cancels itself out and you’re back at square one. There’s nothing to set you apart from the other guy, definitely not that piece of paper you spent 6 figures and 4 years of your life toiling away on.
but yeah anyways fuck college and fuck publicly funded student loans three times over
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Professor Matthew Green of Johns Hopkins rounding up the collective NSA document bits and pieces to address the main question.
my theorist can beat up your theorist