Posts Tagged ‘college’

I never miss an episode of the Tom Woods podcast. For those that don’t know who Tom Woods is, he is a Columbia and Harvard educated historian, who has a highly successful daily Libertarian podcast. For anyone that wants to learn more about the intellectual side of Libertarianism and why many of us think and believe what we believe, his show is a great resource. He’s currently up to 1,267 epsiodes and climbing.

He had a recent episode on college with T.K. Coleman. Coleman is co-founder and education director at Praxis and a faculty member at the Foundation for Economic Education.

One of the most comical cultural “religions” in America, is the cult of college. Now, I have two college degrees. Is there some value in them, a little, but in the broader picture college education has largely harmed this country. An overwhelming percentage people don’t work inside of their college degrees, and I’m one of those people.

Unpopular opinion: You do not need to go to college to be successful. It may help, but it’s no guarantee. 

And if you’re going to go to allow your child to go to college on debt, and not cash, you are allowing your child to commit financial suicide as the cost of college is getting outrageous. I don’t care what career they’re going into. That cost is getting harder and harder to recoup if it’s bought with debt.

Anyway, Coleman and Woods had an outstanding discussion on the ugly reality of what happens in our culture for someone who is willing to question the mob mentality about the absolute necessity of college.

Going to college?

Everyone wishes you congratulations and throws you a party.

Not going to college?

Oh, you’re a loser, what the heck is wrong with you?

This needs to stop. We should want kids to succeed in adulthood, not be drowning in debt because we thought college was a good idea.

More from T.K. Coleman on the topic.

I am of the opinion that college sports, and to a lesser extent high school sports, offer small academic benefits and cause more problems than their worth. I think it would be interesting to ask our big universities to open their books and demonstrate where all the money goes and prove how it benefits the academics of the institution. It won’t happen, because we have neither the political courage among our representatives, nor the interest from the zombie fans to do anything.

I came across this today and thought it very much worth sharing. Three economists from the University of Oregon have delved into this very question and the results demonstrate that college sports have a negative impact upon student’s performance. Here is the conclusion from their study:

Our estimates suggests male grades fall signi cantly with the success of the football team.

Relative to women, men report being more likely to increase alcohol consumption, to decrease studying, and to increase partying around the success of the football team. Yet, both male and female students report that their behavior is responsive to athletic success. This suggests that female performance is likely affected by the performance of the football team as well but that this effect is masked by the usual practice of grade curving.

As such, our results support the concern that big-time sports are a threat to American higher education. At the same time, we view our research as taking one of the first steps towards documenting the non-monetary costs associated with college athletics. Whether it is desirable to be investing large amount amounts of public and student money in college sports requires a broad consideration of non-monetary costs, monetary costs, in addition to the benefits that might be generated in the form of social solidarity and charitable donations.

Americans like to attack our education system, especially conservatives. Colleges are a gigantic problem, but often do not receive the needed attention. Today it seems students go for the experience, they go to party, they go to be a part of the sports, they go and have leftist professors cram false ideas in their heads, but it does not seem that they go to actually learn anything of substance. I have two degrees, but because I paid my own way through college I was there for no other reason but to better my abilities (all the while standing up against my leftist professors) and make myself more marketable.

Being in education I see the myth of sports perpetrated often. The myth is sold as this, if we don’t have sports little Billy will never learn, he’ll never get good grades. This often makes sense, until you have a young student tell you they didn’t have time to do their homework last night because they had practice. I will agree that sports do present mentors to young students in a different setting than the classroom. My wife reaped enormous benefits from her high school softball coach. I still think we need to look at what benefits we are actually receiving from these sports programs.

The problem is there’s little equity in sports when it comes to funding. The cash cow is always football and basketball at the college level. At both the high school and college level many schools are controlled by their football programs. Ever looked at what your high school pays it’s football coaches? Head football coaches often make near $70,000 or $80,000. I’m not kidding! Don’t believe me, go find the name of the head football coach in your public school, and look it up. Then there’s the facilities that we get to purchase as taxpayers, remember the most recent Liberty levy increase.

I have often said that America reflects Rome in its waning days. We are blissfully ignorant of the realities of the world around us, and we are consumed by sports. Now, granted, our sports have not gotten to the point of throwing people into a ring and having them kill one another (although, one could make the argument that UFC is just a stones throw from it), but we sure give  disproportionate attention to sports in school, and I think it’s causing larger societal problems. It’s time we reevaluate our priorities.

 

There has been a lot of commotion regarding a Labor Studies course at UMKC over the last week or so. The basic summary, if you haven’t heard, is that the professors openly advocated breaking the law and committing violence in the name of advancing unionization.

This just broke on Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com about an hour ago.

http://biggovernment.com/pchristofanelli/2011/05/09/introduction-to-labor-studies-my-first-hand-account/

Please contact your Missouri Representative, Senator, and Governor Nixon’s office. The University of Missouri system should have to answer to this. The University System has gone as far to say that the videos originally recorded and released were creatively edited (they refuse to release the entire tapes of the whole course). They also say they stand by the academic freedom of their professors. Umm….. Last time I checked, promoting illegal tactics toward employers and bringing in a representative of the Communist party to recruit is not “academic freedom.”

It is apparent the University of Missouri system is openly covering for these professors. As a graduate of UMKC, I am appalled and greatly disappointed in the University. This has been done at taxpayer expense and is totally unacceptable!!!!!