Look, don't think that I'm some anti-education hick from the sticks. I'm not. I firmly believe in an education that will improve you as a person, help you make good decisions in your life, and increase your ability to get a job and earn money.
Problem is, the traditional university doesn't seem to do a very good job of that right now. Every photo I've seen of the Occupy Wall Street losers and rif-raf has then with their pouty face on, holding a paper whereupon they scrawl their woes that always, invariably crying about their thousands upon thousands in student debt, and how they can't get a job.
Cry. Me. A. River.
Here's part of the problem - college doesn't prepare you for the real world. I would take a PFC from the Army who's done one tour on Active Duty before I would take a newly minted college graduate. The PFC knows how to take orders, probably knows how to give orders, can work as a team, work independently, and has the discipline needed to buckle down and get the job done.
Looking at the Occupy Wall Street whiners and hippies, they know how to smoke a bong and complain that people aren't giving them enough free shit.
The other part of the problem - universities and colleges exist not to provide a complete education, but to provide jobs for various professors, administrators, and other groups of people who couldn't get a job in the real world. Unless you're dealing with the hard sciences, which due to their proximity to reality are less inclined to put up with the kind of bullshit that creates "Womyn's Studies". I've seen a documentary that was supposed to be about how hard it is for college graduates to find a job, and they interviewed some woman with a degree in Film Studies.
Film. Fucking. Studies.
Can anyone tell me just what the number of "Film Studies" jobs are out there? I'm guessing not a whole lot, but this woman wanted to spend thousands upon thousands of dollars to get a degree in Film Studies, and now she can't find a job? And this is my fault how? This is society's fault how? We're not the ones who made her get a degree in Film Studies. Had she asked me, I would have told her "Gee, that's a nice hobby, but what are you going to do to get a job?"
Look, I love history, I'm looking at getting a degree in history, but I don't expect to get a job from that degree. That degree is for me. For my personal education, and to make me happy. Nobody is going to hire me just because I have a history degree. I need other skills to get a decent paying job, skills which I have because I've lived in the real world while many of my compatriots seem to still be living in a dream world where they get paid what they think they're worth even though they haven't acquired any real job skills.
Oh, and I'll get my degree from someplace other than a traditional brick-and-mortar college. I don't have enough money to waste on incubators of socialism and groupthink.