Dear High School Graduates: Skip College

Back when I was a kid, the United Negro College Fund began a fundraising campaign with the slogan “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”

Which is absolutely true.

Problem is, colleges and universities are the last place you should go if you don’t want to waste your mind.

They might as well just saw off your skull cap and scoop out your brains with a melon-baller.

And my advice to you if you are a recent high school graduate is simple.

Skip college.

The one thing missing from “higher education” today is, well, education.

Instead, you are turned into a little parrot – dutifully chirping out drivel drummed into your head by professors who hold you in contempt for how easily you are misled.

Why on earth would you waste tens of thousands of dollars – or worse get saddled with a crippling student loan debt – just to be told what to think by people who don’t know what they’re talking about?

Spending a day watching MSNBC and reading through Leftist Twitter will do the same thing and costs virtually nothing.

Hell, you could accomplish the same result with a lobotomy. And even that is cheaper than college.

A mind absolutely is a terrible thing to waste.

But colleges and universities are where the human mind becomes a wasteland.

It’s where the ignorant go to gain a sense of superiority without the pesky inconvenience of learning anything.

Four years later, you’d be just as ignorant, only you’d be insufferably arrogant about it.

So do yourself a favor and skip college.

The truth is, colleges and universities never had a monopoly on knowledge.

But in this era where information is at our fingertips, they’re nothing more than relics of the past.

Going to college is like continuing to wear chain mail and a suit of armor in the era of Kevlar.

So skip college.

Instead of spending money, why not earn some instead?

Get a job – any job.

You will learn a trade, develop a work ethic, and hone your critical thinking skills. More importantly, instead of having to pay tens of thousands of dollars a year, your employer pays you.

Plus, the more you learn in your job, the more valuable you become.

In other words, there’s something in it for you to learn more.

And there is no better lesson in basic economics than having to pay bills, balance a checkbook and maintain a personal budget.

After four years, you will be better equipped for the future than most college graduates with a liberal arts degree.

Not to mention, you won’t be drowning in debt before you’re twenty-five.

As I said a couple years ago:

College is a racket.

There is no such thing as market-based pricing. Why should there be? The Federal Government is guaranteeing student loans. Which means even if the graduate defaults, the colleges will still get their money.

It’s a win/win for colleges and universities to keep jacking up the price.

And what do you get out of it?

Endless lectures about “White Privilege” and “Gender studies.”

Angry harangues from overpaid professors about the evils of America.

Honestly, why pay so much money to a college to be abused on a regular basis? If you want to pay for that kind of abuse, go to a dominatrix. It’s cheaper.

Don’t waste your money.

Don’t waste your time.

And for heaven’s sake, don’t waste your mind.

Because a mind is a terrible thing to waste.

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16 thoughts on “Dear High School Graduates: Skip College

  • July 8, 2018 at 11:34 am
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    It is a racket but tell employers that. Most want a post grad degree now.

    • July 8, 2018 at 11:37 am
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      Auto mechanics make a hell of a lot of money. Plumbers, electricians — all of those trades are good paying trades. None of them demand a degree. And most people who learn those trades end up working for themselves.

      • July 9, 2018 at 9:21 am
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        Yes they do and I admire them. However not everyone wants to do that for a living nor do they have that aptitude to do that. Furthermore we do need education and everyone simply skipping it isn’t going to clean up the mess of education. Sorry but a car mechanic is not going to invent a cure for cancer or negotiate a trade deal.

        BTW…plumbers go through school and internships much like a doctor goes through a residency. Do you know what those two trades have in common other than self employment? They tens to suck at running businesses.

        My father was an electrician. He has a college degree.

  • July 8, 2018 at 1:18 pm
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    I can’t understand why an 18 year old would waste $200K+ at a university or college when you can take free, on-line, 1st-rate university classes. It is less than $200 a year to take college classes at http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com and you’ll learn far more than any Ivy League or Oxford graduate.

    • July 9, 2018 at 9:25 am
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      Yes they do and I admire them. However not everyone wants to do that for a living nor do they have that aptitude to do that. Furthermore we do need education and everyone simply skipping it isn’t going to clean up the mess of education. Sorry but a car mechanic is not going to invent a cure for cancer or negotiate a trade deal.

      BTW…plumbers go through school and internships much like a doctor goes through a residency. Do you know what those two trades have in common other than self employment? They tens to suck at running businesses.

      My father was an electrician. He has a college degree.

      • July 9, 2018 at 10:44 am
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        I doubt anyone with a degree in Gender Studies or Social Justice will be inventing a cure for cancer either. I think you’re deliberately misunderstanding my point. A four year Liberal Arts degree is not preparatory for an actual career in something like medicine, science, engineering and the like. Though, it does make you a shoe-in at Starbucks.

        Colleges and universities have no motivation to clean up the racket. Why should they? High school graduates are told they have to go to college to “get ahead.” There aren’t enough Starbucks in the world to accommodate all of them. And until colleges see a significant drop in admission due to their incompetence, they won’t do a damn thing to clean up their act. As long as student loans are guaranteed, they won’t do anything to make tuition competitive. Continuing to feed the beast won’t reform a damn thing.

        • July 9, 2018 at 5:41 pm
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          I doubt that as well but I did say flat out that education needs to be cleaned up. Boycotting it entirely won’t fix that problem or the expenses accrued that go with it. Useless degrees is an entirely different topic and really a bit of a strawman.

          No colleges don’t have any motivation but taxpayers do. Get after Congress and DOJ to make them enforce civil rights laws, jerk funding, and make all colleges that get even a dime of fed money for loans, grants, studies, construction, etc live by their own diversity rules. That means for starters college campuses by and large across the spectrum need to layoff half of their profs and hire libertarians, independents, and conservatives to meet their own diversity rules that every single school has written in their academic charters.

          Colleges have seen a significant drop but it isn’t just tuition that feeds that beast. Your tax dollars is what feeds that beast and that is why tuition keeps going up. Remember these are people that think tax payer money is a bottomless well so they charge more and more because the student can borrow it. In the meantime they pad their coffers, bank accounts, hire their cronies. Obama knew this would happen when he swiped the student loan program. He was setting it up to pay back his cronies, pad their paychecks which funnels money to him, and prime the pump for socialized education. He knew exactly what he was doing. If they get that then everyone will delay growing up, go to college in perpetuity, and be indoctrinated quite easily. He took a page out of Mao’s playbook.

    • July 9, 2018 at 9:29 am
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      That’s fine and dandy idea for those that simply want to learn. However not a single employer will recognize that coursework and give a person a job due to it or monetary compensation.

  • July 8, 2018 at 9:13 pm
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    Technical trade school or military is what I would recommend. I utilized my military training to make a career in civilian life.

    • July 9, 2018 at 9:27 am
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      Excellent but not everyone can qualify for the military. I wanted to join the Navy and I was rejected due to having a kidney removed in childhood from cancer. My husband was rejected due to flat feet.

      • July 9, 2018 at 9:41 pm
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        I’m old and a little forgetful but I don’t recall saying everyone.

  • July 9, 2018 at 6:12 am
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    Awesome course work. Wish they were around when I was in school. Every teacher should be required to take at least 6 The Great Courses courses to learn how to teach!

  • July 9, 2018 at 9:46 am
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    You first have to set your goals in life.
    If you want a do nothing job, want to be a corporate weenie sitting in a cubicle then yes college is the way to go, get you into the rat race earlier, owing the world earlier, indentured servitude earlier, and when you graduate there will be some corporate weeniedom somewhere who will hire a fellow ring knocker. Yes a lot of the corporations, who are poisoned full of ‘college grads’ still support that puppy mill feeding the sickness, trying still to convince the world that a college education is necessary if you ever want to be successful. They have to keep feeding that cancer somehow now don’t they?

    If you want some freedom now, If you want to learn an actual trade and are not afraid to actually ‘earn’ your way, then a trade school, or military is the way to go. You learn some very good life skills, and real skills that you can take with you anywhere. Ever need to use a plumber, an electrician, or even a carpenter? See the rates they charge you? Hell, look how much labor charge you are paying to get your car fixed, or your computer repaired when you goto thongs dot net and catch a virus. Now tell me you can’t live comfortably with those wages? Those people did not learn those skills in any ‘college’ either. They learned them by doing!

    There are many industries out there crying for good mechanics or electricians or operations folks. I know some power plants paying close to 40 dollars an hour for electricians, along with many perks, insurance, retirement etc. They are not hiring college weenies, they are hiring people who learned by already doing?

    Don’t believe the liberal brain washing that college is a must. The only ones who truly ‘need’ it are the ones there feeding you the poison. College is THEIR job security, not yours.

    • July 9, 2018 at 5:40 pm
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      College is a must for some but not for others.

      Liberals started that brainwashing in the form of snobbery. Car mechanics, hair stylists, plumbers, farmers (although many of them have degrees) are vital and not what I would classify as uneducated.

  • July 9, 2018 at 10:09 am
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    A comment was made that not everyone can qualify for the military. That is correct. If that is something you would like to do and you are able to get in, it is a fantastic opportunity to learn a viable skill. (Well, assuming you pick a job in a trade field, and not necessarily a tail gunner or something solely military based). Also keep in mind you are going to have to work your way up the food chain. You will have many lower paying jobs, doing the ‘not so fun’ jobs, while you get the experience you will need to one day land the top tier job. You are not going to walk in and be able to say, ‘Im a master electrician”, you will need to prove your competence and earn that title, and pay that comes along with it. As another individual posted about plumbing, there are many certifications you will need to learn first before you can call yourself a Journeyman or Master of a trade. ANY real Job is that way though, college or not. Oh congrats, you just got your college degree and want to apply for the position of CEO, good luck with that. Why pay 60k for a degree, when you are just going to have to go out and prove yourself actually worthy anyways? Even for certain ‘titles’ like engineer, that you have to have a degree to call yourself, you are much better off doing an internship or associates program with a company so you are actually earning while learning, rather than just going to college, going hopelessly in debt and then come out and still have to learn it in the real world anyways.

    I am all for a person educating themselves. The more you genuinely learn, the better person you can become, but I am not at all for a person throwing tons of money at someone for a piece of paper, when they really learned close to nothing, that is helpful to them in the real world.

    • July 9, 2018 at 5:38 pm
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      Problem is that isn’t the case. Not all those pieces of paper earned are a waste.

      I dare anyone here to go apply at any large firm without that piece of paper and see how far they get. Heck come apply to my two businesses. I will tell you thanks but no thanks.

      Sorry but stereotype out of the 50’s doesn’t comport with reality. Wall Street, law firms, CPA firms, defense contractors, and large companies require that degree.

      Those expecting to be CEO straight out of college watch too much tv and deserve what they get.

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