Has the concept of higher education been erased from modern society?
By admin - Sun Aug 05, 12:07 am
Question by : Has the concept of higher education been erased from modern society?
Today, the only college degrees that guarantee employment after graduation are math and computer related degrees, everything else is useless. Doesn’t seem like “higher education” to me, Universities might as well just become vocational tech schools if the only information that counts in this society is math and computers. If I want to study philosophy, become a linguist, historian, geologist, paleontologist or even an anthropologist – good luck finding a job! How sad is that? what has modern society come to? Knowledge that revolves around humanity, science and history is irrelevant, and only math and computers matters. The only “science” that matters is anything that revolves around building machines that 9 times out of 10 do not improve the lives of humans. In fact, the biggest employer for scientific fields is the military and weapons manufacturers.
Oh you wanted to study ancient plants? too bad. You wanted to trace early homosapien DNA and match it to modern man? too bad. You wanted to study all the known human languages and record the evolution of human speech? Nope! now off you go to McDonalds for your minimum wage paycheck.
EDIT: I just want everyone to know that I messaged the great philosopher Zaphod_Beeblebrox asking him to further explain his position, maybe give me a little more insight into what industries aside from weapons manufacturers look for science graduates. Also asked him why he think i’m lazy, and he responded by calling me a psycho and blocked me. A total and complete cop-out. An absolute joke of a coward. These are the kind of people who drag our world down and lower the standard of humanity overall. They act righteous and intelligent, but the second you question them they promptly insult you and run away like a coward. I see right through you Zaphod, and I feel terribly embarrassed for your sake.
Answer by Mutant_Genome
Right now the economy is still in a slump, which means employers are hiring less and firing more! Even fast food and retail employers are having to make sacrifices, which unfortunately means that, if you get the job, you’re going to need to pull more weight, without getting the extra pay.
A higher education may not guarantee employment, but it opens up a whole new world of possibilities… the thing is, that most companies look for previous work experience, so if you can’t find a way to gain experience by employment or apprenticeships or internships… etc… you’re less likely to get the job. What’s unfortunate about that is that you can’t always find someone who is willing to take you on, and even if you can, if you’re not going to be getting paid for it… you can’t always afford the time.
For some of the things you’ve listed, like studying ancient plants, or recording the evolution of human speech… there aren’t an outstanding number of employers, or even a very significant number of people who truly care. If it’s important to you, you may have to do the work on your own time, and hope that your work will one day be recognized… Dreams don’t always come easily, you’ve got to work for it, whether that means saving every penny you can spare for ten or even twenty years, or that you’ve gotta make your passion a hobby for now, work with something else, and hope you won’t have ended up wasting all of your spare time…
People too often think their dreams are dead, just because they’re unwilling to do what it takes to accomplish them. Guess what. If you’re not willing to work for your dreams, if you aren’t willing to do what needs to be done, and try to progress your dreams, even if it means going through some discomfort, or waiting a few more years to carry it out… then you’re the one who killed it, and nobody else can be blamed.
You should have just added all of that to your question, to begin with. I hate to say, but if you’re going to rant about it on your question, perhaps he was right.
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