My cmnt: Maher is right again. College, especially in the liberal arts, is a waste of money and time. The list of worthless degrees grows longer every year. The dumbing down of college is the natural result of full-ride scholarships for athletes who would not be in college except for being money-makers for the universities and the need for more and more students to pay for the ever increasing costs of funding these expensive daycare centers for 18 to 25 year olds while they figure out what they want to be when they grow up.
My cmnt: Both my mother and my father were college graduates in the late 1940s. This was a an elite and small group of people back then. My mother’s degree in English lit (with a zoology minor) while still fairly worthless for meaningful employment (outside of teaching school or government jobs) at least meant that she had to be able to read at a high level and was well acquainted with Shakespeare and the Western canon. My father’s degree in Business with an accounting major meant he was highly employable and could eventually earn a decent middle class income.
My cmnt: The purpose of a college education is now and has been for a long time to weed out the less fit. In the early part of the 20th century a high school education meant you could read, write and do basic computations, i.e., you were highly employable. These type of people are always in demand as capable, responsible and intelligent workers. Common sense tells us there will always be a limited supply of people with these gifts. Liberal sense, with it’s reductionist way of thinking about the world, believes that if you want more high school graduates then we can simply make them, like machine parts. But because reality dictates that you cannot what is a liberal to do? You dumb down a high school diploma.
My cmnt: The exact same thing has happened to post-secondary education from the 1970s until now. A college degree meant you could read, write and do basic computations and if it was in a real field of knowledge and skill (i.e., medicine, engineering, chemistry, construction management, computer science, accounting, mathematics – that is STEMM) it had limited graduates (as it does today) and so meant something special to a perspective employer. Not anymore. Now a college degree is nearly as worthless as a high school diploma became. Liberals dumb down the institutions they control in a failed attempt to produce more and more of the product the real world needs to function.
My cmnt: But the real world is not dumb. If your degree is not in a STEMM field then it is probably not worth the paper it is printed on. Hence Maher’s comments on college.
Last night on Real Time with Bill Maher, the HBO host said he felt safe to lace into pampered college students now that graduation season is over and he won’t spoil anyone’s “big day.” Maher criticized the University of Missouri for having a river grotto inspired by the Playboy Mansion and Texas Tech for having hot tubs, water slides and even a lazy river to make his point that colleges “are giant luxury daycare centers.”
The late night host cited data during his “New Rule” segment of the show which asserted that students study less than five hours a week, and when they do—he joked—it’s for classes such as “sports marketing,” “advanced racist spotting” and “You Owe Me An Apology 101.”
Maher then brought up President Joe Biden’s American Families Plan, which the host said would spend “hundreds of billions” of tax dollars “so everyone can go to college.”
The Right, Maher said, calls the plan “social engineering,” which he feels is over-the-top, while Liberals “see more schools as the answer to everything.” This concept, he insisted, is not the answer to income inequality in America.
Higher education, Maher claims, “is a racket that sells you a very expensive ticket to the upper middle class.” He asked, “Is it really liberal for someone who doesn’t go to college and makes less money to pay for people who do go and make more?”
Maher then said “say what you want about Lori Loughlin,” the actress who served 2 months in jail for her role in a 2019 college bribery scandal, “recognized one good scam deserves another.” He then compared higher education to Scientology, with both entities requiring increasingly costly levels of advancement.
“A wannabe librarian needs a masters degree to get an entry level job filing books,” Maher said in astonishment.
Referring to higher education as a “grift,” Maher complained that despite increasing tuition “no one knows how to change a tire,” and that “the answer isn’t to make college free, the answer is to make it more unnecessary, which it is for most jobs” so that those who can’t or don’t want to go “don’t feel shut out” of society.
The host also mentioned a staggering statistic. “In 1960, colleges awarded A’s to 15% of the students. Well now it’s 45% and it’s not because they got smarter.”
You can check out the full “New Rule” segment above and catch new episodes of Real Time with Bill Maher on Fridays at 10 p.m. EST.
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