But as I mentioned my college experiences kept getting better. Parts of my master's studies were downright mind boggling. I was in heaven. It was hard work but I enjoyed it. I still remember a elementary teaching colleague who asked me for help on some statistics for a research project one summer and I did the work and realized he didn't have enough data in certain categories to be able to do the statistical procedure. I told him about his data short fall and he told me he get back to me on this. He did the next day with enough data to finish the statistical work. But I asked him where did these figures come from? He had made them up--"why go to the trouble of doing more measurements when you already knew what you wanted." Jack went to a different college and I wondered if anyone would ever find this ethical problem. I doubted it....but was comfortable that my own professors would have made me do it over. I learned.
Recently there was a major article in the New York Times that asked the question, "Is College Necessary?" And then it went on showing the number of jobs that was available that did not require a college degree. In one example, the writer noted that his mailman had a bachelor of arts degree which was not necessary for the job and the cost of his degree might have gone to buying a house in a good neighborhood.
It seems to me that we have the age old question, "What are you going to teach me? OR What am I going to learn?" Are college degrees necessary for getting a job or for improving oneself. I have always argued for the latter. College is not a job placement procedure, it is a self improvement procedure. It is an attitude adjustment. Much knowledge of which we learn will be out of date during our lifetimes but our improvement to self will still be in good standing, even if you aren't (standing).
Another article in the Huffington Post counterpoints the New York Times, "Is College Necessary?" It was written by Jeff Brenzel, who is Dean of undergraduate admissions at Yale University. He hasn't been at this position for long and the class of 2010 will be the results of his first admissions. It's a good article (blog?) and I can recommend it. "To the class of 2010." Toward the end he asks some good questions of this years graduates but I thought the questions were good enough to share with you. They made me think....even tho' ol' blue eyes suggestion that I am in the September of my life.
Here are Mr. Brenzel's questions.....and some reflections of mine.