Children in America, these days, often feel programed to attend college. It is a compulsory step on your path to self-dependence. To be successful, it is necessary to move on from high school to the ranks of college in order to expand your mind with great education.
The story doesn’t end there, however. Not only should you go to college, but you need to go to the best college. If the college you attend is’ ‘better’, naturally when you graduate, you will leave with a more successful future. Then, you will be pushed to graduate with both a Bachelor and Master’s degrees.
Unfortunately, this push to college is not necessarily in the best interest of students. We’ve been taught to think in this mindset, and often the actual path has deviated from the original logic, reasoning, and intent. While the repercussions of this phenomenon are just now being seen, it is an important trend to follow as a college-bound high school student.
The problem lies in the changes in education and push towards college.
In the past twenty years, secondary education has morphed into college preparatory, leaving “real world” or “technical” education for students behind. America no longer teaches its youth about real world jobs for students who don’t necessarily need to attend college to find a job, and this is a serious problem. College is quite a resource intensive endeavor, and the decision about whether or not to attend colleges is one that should not be taken lightly.
The National Inflation Association published a documentary titled the “College Conspiracy”, exposing the central reasons behind the encouragement for students to attend college, and some of the reasoning is disturbing, and certainly not in the best interest of students. “College Conspiracy” demonstrates how a college education may not be necessary and cost effective for many students, and how university administrators are more concerned about the accumulation of endowment and status, then their student’s education.
Multiple examples of the deceit and lies which take place in the college arena are included in “The College Conspiracy”, one of which being the inflated graduate employment statistics. In the race to garner more applicants, colleges often inflate the statistics surrounding the amount of students employed after graduation, including students employed at low paying jobs not requiring a college degree.
For example, one college concluded that“90% of students are employed within the first three months of graduating”. What they failed to mention is the fact that majority of the students are not employed as professionals in the field of their study, but rather at low paying occupations like McDonalds, Wal-Mart, and other institutions that do not required college level education.
Statistic shows that 60% of college graduates are now being employed in low skill jobs that did not require them to have their college degree, and many of the se graduates are struggling to pay back student loans, which is a serious problem given that, according to American Student Assistance, “an estimated 60% of bachelor’s degree recipients borrowed to fund their education” with the average student borrowing $22,700.
The NIA believes, that “the college education system is the largest fraud in U.S. history and will soon collapse and destroy the lives of millions of Americans.” This may be the most major threat to the current and future generations of American students. College-bound students should be be both aware and mindful to this information because this could help aid the next step of their success.
(Sources: the College Conspiracy, American Student Assistance)