School Sucks: The Decline of American Universities

What’s up with campuses today?

I understand why some parents are reluctant to send their children to college. Even Dr. Jordan Peterson, professor at the University of Toronto, claims that universities do more harm than good, and that you’d be better off sending your children to trade school than to college.

What has happened to American universities? Why should you go to college? The simplest answer: we go to university in order to transform ourselves into wiser people who know how to think analytically and express thoughts articulately. But young people are often overly concerned with changing the world. Before making effective change, however, they must first learn competency.

It’s become clear that universities today are incompetent.

Political correctness runs amok on university campuses. Once-great centers of research, learning, and culture, have now become ideology factories. Rather than teaching students how to improve themselves so they can be a force for good in the world, they’re instead taught how they must work to change other people in order to make the world a less threatening place. Safe spaces and free speech zones have popped up on campuses all over the country.

Students are taught that microaggressions are a threat to their personal safety, and that they need a place to be shielded from words. Speakers with mainstream conservative views have been violently shut down, notably at UC Berkeley. Students no longer learn about history and how it’s the story of humanity, but rather that it’s entirely based on the oppression of marginalized people.

Art history is no longer about learning the value of fine art and what it means, but rather the false historical narrative it portrays. Students are taught that they’re oppressed and there’s nothing they can do about it. They are taught to deconstruct all aspects of western society and culture so that it can no longer hurt anyone. If you’re not a member of an oppressed group, then you need to sit down, shut up, and stay out of the way. Just understand that your culture and history have done nothing but perpetuate evil in the world and that, no matter what: you will always be racist. Even if it’s only on some subconscious level you’re incapable of fully understanding.

Another massive problem: debt. University administrators have essentially robbed their students’ future-selves. The price of tuition is increasing and students have to take out massive loans in order to pay them. More and more money is going to university administrators and the student debt is getting bigger and bigger. You cannot declare bankruptcy on these loans and they will compound against you in the future so that you’re essentially stuck paying them off for the rest of your life. In a way it’s basically a modern form of indentured servitude.

So where can you get a real education without accumulating massive amounts of debt?

Anyone can collaborate and discuss ideas online. If you want to learn something, you can probably find a video on YouTube about it. Just as journalists have utilized the internet to give rise to the alternative media, there are professors using the internet to revolutionize education. The unique thing about YouTube is that the people using it are genuinely interested in learning, and the content can be seen by millions of people from all over the globe. Gad Saad and Jordan Peterson are two professors that have had tremendous success on YouTube. Peterson began making videos of his lectures in 2013. Since then he has gained more than 300,000 followers, some of his videos have been viewed millions of times and he receives upwards of $50,000 a month on Patreon. It’s likely that other professors will begin to do this as well. The internet is revolutionizing education the same way it has with everything else.

People are already turning to the internet for education the same way they are turning to it for the news. You don’t have to take out loans you’ll never be able to pay back, and you can learn about the things that are most important to you. Professors can reach a global audience and potentially make tens of thousands of dollars more than they would teaching at a regular university. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship. Everybody wins and nobody loses.

So if you’re considering university either for yourself or your children, then you might be better off learning a practical job skill and pursuing an education online where you won’t have to pay thousands of dollars. Most important, you won’t have to sit in on lectures about social justice nonsense. 

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