Originally Posted by willardhaven
Sure, because the last thing we need are laypeople who can think critically. You don't think a well-rounded, college educated population is more desirable than highly trained, unquestioning serfs (the power elite's dream for America)?
I completely disagree with this. As it is we have a system in place where you have to get a college degree to get a decent job. In order to get a college degree you have to spend insane amounts of money. Part of the reason you have to spend insane amounts of money is because you have to take a bunch of stupid classes that have nothing to do with your degree.
My wife has never failed a class in her life but she feels as though she just bombed her Calculus 2 final which will bring her from a B in the class to....well it doesnt matter because even if she pulls a C average you flunk the Calc final you flunk the class. Meanwhile as she was complaining to people in her other class she said at least 5 or 6 students spoke up and said they failed that class and knew others that did as well. Meaning you have to go back and retake that class putting more money in the universities pocket. Meanwhile can you tell me how Calculus 2 will serve my wife in her field of Human Resource Management? Can you tell me how it would help the other student that was going for Philosphy or the one going for Psychology? Hell can you even tell me how Calc 2 somehow makes her better well rounded and serves her in life?
If we want to create well rounded people lets either do it in elementary and Junior/Highschool or lets have free higher education so people can take as many classes as they want(that would really encourage well rounded people). Lets NOT force people to go through tons of unneeded classes just to get a degree that is nothing more then a ticket people use to jump to the front of the job line.