What is the Future of “Higher” Education in the West and Everywhere Else?

What is the future of “Higher” Education?

I suspect what is going to happen is that the entire concept of the University falls into disrepute. Already, many US companies are no longer requiring a college degree as they find that the candidates with degrees are no better than those without, and are going to require massive amounts of training re-education regardless of the degree.

As a parent I can admit to this: parents are the most regressive in their thoughts about their children. We are always fighting the last war. But as a parent I am very worried. Should I encourage my daughter to go to college, spend a vast amount of money on something that is at best useless and economically unproductive, and at worst an anti-social indoctrination program that could very well stifle rather than encourage her intellectual development??? Or should I encourage her to travel the world, explore her curiosity, develop her own skills, ideas and ambitions?

Also with modern technology, the concept of a centralized brick and mortar University may very well wither away. Why pay for all those expensive buildings and infrastructure when you can get your children better education online, and then get them certified through credible third party testing services? Employers simply do not trust a degree from a university anymore. Whatever degree your child gets, they are going to have to pass a third party test usually administered by the prospective employer. The scary thing will be how these testing programs warp and degrade the education system even further as students are drilled even more mercilessly on how to pass tests rather than learn concepts, facts, and develop problem solving skills.

I think we are going to be seeing the death of education as we understand it.

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6 Responses to What is the Future of “Higher” Education in the West and Everywhere Else?

  1. Croatian Capitalist says:

    As much as I would like things to go back to how they once were (namely people being judged on their actual ability, rather than on whether or not they possess a piece of paper (think about it, if Nikola Tesla or Thomas Edison came back to life, they probably couldn’t legally be hired by any public scientific institute in the Western World)), I can’t see that happening in the remotely near future, because people have had the idea drilled into their heads for decades across the Western World that if they don’t have a college degree, that it then means that they are stupid/uneducated/low-class, etc., so that will be very hard to shake off, plus on of the reasons people go to university is to form connections with people who will work in their industry (and related ones) in the future (which you obviously can’t do (not to the same degree anyway) in an online program), so while I can see many of today’s “elite” universities going bust or becoming irrelevant and internet programs, certifications, etc. rising, I think that the brick and mortar universities will in general retain their preeminence for the foreseeable future.

    What I see happening is (major) companies setting up their own schools/universities (I think that Škoda and Intel are already doing this) and China (it will be one of the great ironies of history that American parents will send their children to formally communist China to escape communist indoctrination in the USA (education system)), (South) Korea and Japan replacing the USA and the UK as the preeminent education destinations for the World’s best and brightest.

    As for whether or not to send your children to college, that depends on the child’s character , interests, aptitude, etc., but in general without knowing the child in question I would recommend sending children to college (if they are so inclined), but just not to colleges in the USA, UK and other countries whose education systems are focused on indoctrinating the youth with leftist social idiocy.

    My reasons for that recommendation (amongst others) are: 1) As I mentioned above, people without college degrees are generally looked down upon by modern society. 2) People most often do form connections in college which prove useful in the future. 3) It generally takes 4 years to gain a bachelor’s degree in the USA, and another 2 years to gain’s a master’s degree, while in most of Europe it generally takes 3 years to gain a bachelor’s degree, and 1 year to get a masters’s degree, so your child could save a lot of time by studying in say Italy rather than the USA. 4) Apart from saving a lot of time, you would also save a lot of money, the costs of studying in most non-Anglo countries are nothing compares to what it costs to study in the USA. 5) Even if your child didn’t learn anything useful at the university itself, s/he would still learn to speak a foreign language fluently (which is a skill very few native-born Americans have) 6) Even if your child decided to return to the USA after finishing college elsewhere, studying abroad and speaking a foreign language fluently would differentiate him/her from the vast majority of the crowd. 7) The vast savings you would make on the difference between your child studying at let’s say Bocconi University in Milano instead of let’s say Harvard or Stanford could be given to your child to start his/her own business (regardless of whether it’s in the USA or Italy or somewhere else). 8) Unless you are a multi-millionaire, your education level does count a lot when first World countries are deciding whether to let you in as a permanent resident or not. 9) Many companies operate pay scales and promotions based on education level, for example an acquaintance of mine was the best performing manager in one of Croatia’s biggest private companies, but since he doesn’t have a college degree he couldn’t get neither a promotion nor a raise (eventually he left that company for a smaller company where he has a higher position and a bigger salary, but that is not the moral of this story). 10) Living in another country does make a person see the faults (and or the positives) in his original country better.

    • fafc says:

      I believe the University is facing the same fate as bookstores and brick-and-mortar shopping centers. They are facing competition and their response is to fight back using monopoly power and government intervention. So far that is working. But as you pointed out, corporations are growing tired of paying more and getting less. Hiring college graduates is not working. When corporations have to spend huge amounts of money to re-educate graduates from college, you have to think a college degree may be on the ropes.

      As for what parents and students should do, that is difficult. Sending your undecided child to college to open his or her mind and expand his or her intellect is a fool’s errand. You will be throwing away your child and the money. When the child knows what he or she wants to accomplish, then going to college may be useful for no other reason than getting your ticket punched so that you can get on the train.

  2. Croatian Capitalist says:

    I am sure that I could think of more reasons (such as for example that living in another country you could see a good business idea to bring back to the USA, or you could see that the new country is missing something positive that the USA has, and import it from the USA into that new country), but I think that what I wrote above is enough.

  3. Croatian Capitalist says:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4598160/University-warns-inappropriate-lavatory-habits.html

    That is what you get when you start accepting affirmative action thirdworlders into your universities en masse, the leftist loons running these universities are sending education standards down the drain (pun intended).

    • fafc says:

      Lowering standards and forcing everyone else, the victims, to accommodate those who cause these problems has always been a big part of the regressive ideal.

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