Sunday, August 14, 2005

The Trivialization of College

Is it just me or is college the new high school? With new liberal arts colleges springing up like weeds and the swelling number of enrolled students at current universities, it is hard to deny the trivialization of college. In my opinion, high school grade inflation is out of control and the standard for admission into college has, as a whole, decreased. While many colleges the testing and numerical standard for admission has quantitatively gone up, the quality of the average college undergraduate has decreased. Nearly every high school student can now get into a 4 year university in the United States.

This trend does not just apply to undergraduate education. It also manifests itself, though to less of a degree, in post-graduate education. A Master's degree is now as rare and as valuable as a Bachelor's degree used to be. Every where you look new Master's or Business Administration degrees are being offered like free coffe in the break room.

Have doubts about my sentiment? Sit down and and have 10 conversations with average undergraduate students about to graduate. Ask yourself these questions:

Do they have a reasonable grasp on the English language?
Are their thoughts organized and conveyed in an intelligent manner?
Are their thoughts and arguments deep, or are they shallow and topographic in nature?
Do they us like in 40% of their sentences?

In most cases the answer will be no. These people speak as I would expect a high school student (though a relatively uneducated one).

The college education is becoming less and less valuable every year and one is left with pursuing higher and higher degrees as to not be lumped in with the undergradute only crowd.

The Opticsman

Friday, August 12, 2005

Question of the Day 8/13/05

A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them.
- PJ O'Rourke

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Question of the Day 8/12/05

Can God make a rock he cannot lift?

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Grad School

Grad school, what can be said about Grad school? You have the best and the worst of the whole world. You are almost your own boss, make your own hours, and get paid to learn. Then again, you aren't your own boss, your hours are always long, and you get paid peanuts for all those hours. I have recently been thinking about moving from grad school to the private sector, but the attraction there isn't much better. I personally love riding my motorcycle into work at 10:30. I don't like having to live paycheck to paycheck just to make the mortgage payment. Any thoughts one way or the other about staying or leaving?


Cable News Interviews

Let us take a simple question, "What is your name?" and see how it would be answered by someone on a cable news program. "I think my name is a very interesting question. Does a name make a person". And the sick and sad thing about this is that the interviewer swallows this crap. They don't just stop and say, "what the hell are you talking about". Some interviewers have a light of hope every once in a while. Bill O'Reilly and Ron Reagan are the best and not taking someone else's crappy answers. Ron Reagan's cohost on "Connected Coast to Coast" does not seem to have any education to speak of. Her logic is always flawed. She personifies what is most wrong with the common American: Do not think, do not analyze, do not question; just believe what you believe and hold on to that till the end. Arg.

Cable news has gotten so crappy that they now read BLOGS to us on the air. Holy Crap, we have gotten so lazy that we can't read by ourselves. We pay $50/month to have an overpaid host READ US A BLOG! It's no wonder we cannot think for ourselves any longer. We can't even read our own news.