Re: College doesn't mean what it used to

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Posted by Big Ron on September 14, 20 at 09:49:21:

In Reply to: College doesn't mean what it used to posted by 05 Devil on September 13, 20 at 14:41:36:

Higher education was once finishing schools for the children of powerful families. These young blue bloods would learn about the humanities and culture and would integrate into high society with the other young blue bloods that would later inherit wealth and power from their parents. The WWII G.I. Bill changed the nature of college. The US had the only industrial infrastructure not destroyed by war. We were a country filled with raw materials and millions of young disciplined veterans returning home. Colleges expanded to educate veterans looking for new careers as the US rebuilt the world. Then 72% of returning Vietnam vets used G.I. Bill education to further evolve universities toward applied education.

The resulting middle class affluence increased the demand for college. Somewhere along the line we became a nation where all kids are expected to obtain a college degree. That somehow became any degree. I look at some of the degrees offered to kids today and wonder what these young people will do after they move out of their parentís nest.

Meanwhile, select prominent schools retain their position among the rich and powerful. This has led to new money breaking rules as they try to position their kids to rule the world.

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