College Education: Investment or Waste?

America is home to the world’s most expensive and prestigious private universities, but even public colleges are becoming unaffordable.

Unlike the United States, many other countries consider higher education as a right, not a privilege and offer college education for free.

What is the true purpose of a college degree? Is it to help you get a job or is it to gain knowledge? Are there cheaper and more efficient ways of preparing someone for life and work? The college experience in America serves as a costly sort of prolonged adolescence, not necessarily a place to acquire both practical and humanistic knowledge. Is it worth the cost?

Do you consider a college degree necessary to have access to 'the good life', or do you think that higher education is going the way of the dinosaurs?

Watch this video to give you an idea of where this discussion might lead us.

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  • Madeleine K.

    This was a small but intense meeting. Very stimulating. I hope everyone present enjoyed it as much as I did.

    1 · March 20

  • Suzanne S

    Attracting top talent from developing countries will be the challenge. Whichever country can produce the best MOOCs (massive online open learning) and at the same time show off their superior culture will win the talent.
    For instance, in the Bates College MOOC, the young female students in a small discussion group were showing cleavage but were also being shown to be intelligent and respected for their intelligent discussion of poetry.

    March 18

  • Madeleine K.

    I don't seem to have any problems. I assume we live in the same country? The good old US of A?

    March 17

  • Suzanne S

    A Confucian Meritocracy?

    I would like to suggest that the college education is not about the degree but about the time spent in college. The degree only tells people that you focused your attention, paid the price, gave up part of your life.

    Foreigners come here to go to college and learn how to stick to a schedule, speak English, turn in assignments and not cheat. Your money and family won't earn you a degree, instead it is merit-based.

    March 17

  • Saurya V.

    Anyone else having trouble watching the video? It says it is blocked in my country on copyright grounds

    March 16

  • Suzanne S

    College allows parents to give their kids freedom to be who they are while allowing parents to also start to find themselves after 18 years of selflessness. College encourages parents to work hard to make money and help kids study in school so they both can gain their freedom from each other.

    March 10

  • Mark Z.

    Another great topic! I'm on the side that allot of it is a waste of time but I'm sure to be in the minority. Wish I could go.

    March 8

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