You’d never expect to hear that college is a waste of time and money from a college professor, but tenured professor Bryan Caplan feels strongly about the fact that many students do not get much from the experience.
A college degree has always been looked highly upon as most desirable way to kick off a career path. However, in today’s society, we are becoming more hands on and experience based. Many employers would rather you have previous experience rather than a college degree.
Caplan, an economist professor at George Mason University, guest starred on Tucker Carlson, and referred to himself as a “whistleblower.”
He said in The Atlantic:
The college-for-all mentality has fostered neglect of a realistic substitute: vocational education. It takes many guises—classroom training, apprenticeships and other types of on-the-job training, and straight-up work experience—but they have much in common. All vocational education teaches specific job skills, and all vocational education revolves around learning by doing, not learning by listening. Research, though a bit sparse, suggests that vocational education raises pay, reduces unemployment, and increases the rate of high-school completion.
Caplan told Tucker, “Just because an individual is making more money does not mean it’s a good investment for society.”
He said the fact that graduates earn more money than non-college graduates is not the end of the argument in favor of college.
Carlson said the costs to college students and for society are extremely high and Caplan agreed that the process of students “jumping through hoops” to impress a future employer is “extremely wasteful for society.”
“You might say there’s an addiction to getting more education, which is fairly rampant,” he said, estimating that only about five percent of the population should be attending college.
“A lot of people just punch the clock and sit through classes and get a degree in something or other. … It’s a burden on the individual to feel like if I don’t accomplish this, my whole life is a waste of time,” Caplan added.
The total student loan debt in the United States is estimated at $1.5 trillion, with an average of $40,000 per student.