So if a 4 year college isn’t primarily about job training, but you must have at least a 4 year degree to gain access to most high paying jobs, what in fact is the point?
How about being a well-rounded, educated person who can speak properly and knows how to think? Can carry on a conversation with adults and come off as an adult? Can look to history to make the right decisions on important matters? Can think abstractly and critically? Can understand the value of things which cannot be measured in dollars? Can walk without dragging his knuckles?
All of those things are helpful when trying to get and keep a high paying job. For some strange reason people today devalue literature, arts and philosophy when the Founding Fathers, who some believe were the best this nation produced, saw value in them. [/quote]
Calling bullshit. Speaking properly has much more do with the quality of home and peer mastery of the english language, it has little to do with college. This is why native speakers are always better than ESOL kids. This is why to become fluent in a language you need to spend time in the country that speaks that language.
Writing does not fair much better. Most kids get through college with modest writing skills at best. Most college kids never learn to write well and its only getting worse. There are large numbers of middle schoolers with better writing than many college grads.
Being “well rounded” and “knowing how to think” are the amorphous qualities that college uses to sell its BS when 1) the value of such cannot be easily defined and 2) because the value cannot be easily defined, the students see no value in seriously studying history or literature and as a result never get a damn thing out of it. They see school as another hoop to jump through and just do what it takes to get the grade. Most of the kids will never read the assigned books and projects anyway.