Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Is College Worth it?

According to Melville, and he may well be right, not really. From page 110 of my copy of Moby Dick:

And, as for me, if, by any possibility, there be any as yet undiscovered prime thing in me; if I shall ever deserve any real repute in that small but high hushed world which I might not be unreasonably ambitious of; if hereafter I shall do anything that, upon the whole, a man might rather have done than to have left undone; if, at my death, my executors, or more properly my creditors, find any precious MSS. in my desk, then here I prospectively ascribe all the honor and the glory to whaling; for a whale-ship was my Yale College and my Harvard.


SheaNC said...

Oooo... college good. Fire bad.

Ken Grandlund said...

Knowledge is a wonderful thing, but I don't think that paying tens of thousands of dollars for a piece of paper that says you have knowledge is always the way to go.
I know many people who bypassed college and the games that are played there and who are now quite successful, happy, and prosperous. Similarly, many of the college grads I encounter seem to lack any real knowledge about the world around them. Often, college is just an extension of the growing process, albeit a very expensive one. In general, those who pay for their own education tend to value it more and get more out of it versus those who are partying on their parents dime.

Further, so much of the academic structure is based on playing to the professor rather than evaluating the information and integrating it into real life. Does that really help anyone?