The Education Conundrum


The Education Conundrum

M.D. Wright

7.13.2011

 

I must preface this by saying I am intrinsically PRO-EDUCATION, especially in its purest form (which most colleges and universities do not practice, by the way). Proper instruction and facilitation between teachers/professors and students is a marvelous exchange that yields some of the most productive thinking and concepts that man can develop.

 

Where does this ever happen, though?

 

Harvard? Wharton? Penn? Wellesley?

 

I digress.

 

Moreover the fashion in which colleges and universities educate (read: brainwash) in today’s age lends most students to the cram-recall-regurgitate method of “learning” as opposed to constant dialogue and exchange, along with application of the subject matter. My most fertile periods of learning were K-5 when I was in a group with advanced-level learners who were on their way to high IQs, Mensa-level (in a couple of cases) and overall academic brilliance.

 

My situation in high school was unfortunate, because I can’t think of 10 things that I learned. My background was such that I was suited for a specialized school. Although I understand the thinking on the part of the Decision Makers at the time, we have since agreed that I would have been better off going to high school here, which is what I was planning to do. Those four years were a complete and utter waste, and left me LESS prepared for college than I was following the 8th grade!

 

And despite my Sociology background, which I am very proud of and cherish, everything else that I did at the undergraduate level was cram/regurgitate, while racking up massive student loan debt.

 

Where have we gone wrong???

 

Washington says they want to make education more affordable, but all they’ve done is made it so that more people buy into the idea that going to college automatically means future success (and immediate, at that).

 

There can only be so many lawyers, as there are only so many firms and only so many junior positions.

 

There can only be so many chemists, big pharma is like an exclusive fraternity. Many people in that field can’t find jobs.

 

Nursing and doctors/medical professionals will always be in demand because healthcare is going to be necessary 24/7/365 as long as there are people.

But for many of these other fields, especially Information Technology and the various spinoffs within that realm, there is more of a need for an entrepreneurial mindset on the part of graduates. There are only so many jobs available. And as many IT specialists work on a contract basis, there is a greater need for that type of business-minded individual as well.

The same actually goes for attorneys. Looking to join a firm is good for your first few years of experience, but as firms continue to merge and shrink in size, and the number of attorneys floods the ground floor every year, who’s going to employ all these people who have been suckered into undertaking $200,000+ in student loan debt (a veritable mortgage on a very nice house in most cities outside of New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC?)

 

Just a random, passing thought.

 

LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK.

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