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It's Finally Happening: Colleges are Starting to Die in America

The college bubble, in other words, is finally bursting. Praise God our long national nightmare is beginning to end.

More Americans than ever seem to be ready to burn its once proud university system to the ground. Overpriced and with a quality that is way oversold, American campuses have distinguished themselves as the most effective form of flushing your hard-earned income down the toilet. And the data is showing that more people than ever are catching on:

Student bodies are in decline across the country, and somewhat drastically. The spring of 2017 hosted 2.4 million fewer students nationwide than did the fall of 2011, or an approximately 12 percent decrease in six years. Continued reductions in enrollment will hit the smallest, and by extension most vulnerable, colleges the hardest. But there is little even the nation’s largest colleges and universities can do at this point, as public perception of a degree’s value has created a cost/benefit crisis that, given plausible future trends, may be impossible to reverse.

The college bubble, in other words, is finally bursting. Thanks in no small part to big government policies of taking over the college loan system, universities were able to continue over-inflating the cost of their services. This provided them the ability to pay the hippies-turned-professors exorbitant amounts of money for often doing nothing more than giving dry, meaningless lectures, and writing papers for academic journals – all while a grad student lackey taught the class and graded the assignments.

Consequently, a frightening portion of college graduates with degrees in gender studies were finding the $200,000 in loans they owed for that certificate were tough to pay back when all they could land was an entry-level clerk job at Walmart.

No more. Now, an increasing percentage of high school graduates are moving directly into job-prep education. Either offered by a business itself, or channeled through a trade school or online academy, these innovative programs give students direct training in the field they want to work in rather than forcing them to fill 90% of their course schedule with classes that don’t pertain to their desired field. Between this phenomenon and the increased notoriety and value associated with trade schools, the traditional college money pit is hitting hard times.

And not a moment too soon, it seems. Because while universities have become less capable and less interested in training young people for a career, they have become havens for this garbage:

The Kennesaw State University LBGT Resource Center recently produced a new pamphlet that adds “ne,” “ve,” “ey,” “ze,” and “xe” to the list of gender neutral pronouns.

The “Gender Neutral Pronouns” pamphlet, a copy of which was obtained by Campus Reform, tells students that “some people don’t feel like traditional gender pronouns fit their gender identities,” and thus lists alternatives that students can use instead

These pronouns are accompanied by a conjugation chart listing how they might be used as a subject, object, possessive, possessive pronoun, and reflexive. For example, to refer to a student who identifies as “ne,” one could say “Ne laughed” or “That is nirs.”

To refer to a student who identifies as “ve,” the pamphlet explains that one would say “Vis eyes gleam” or “I called ver.”

You can pay almost $30,000 a year to Kennesaw State University to learn pretentious nonsense words. Or you can go to a trade school and learn how to make a living. Can’t figure out why traditional colleges are dying.

Traditional names and titles don't fit my persona. You will refer to me as Your Majesty.

I agree. Though it may be different now, but 4+ years in the military, with time spent in various countries learning about other cultures overseas imo was 100× more educational than 4 years in a college classroom half snoozing, while listening to some liberal shooting off his mouth for who knows how long. Still got my share of partying by the way, while getting paid to learn a skill.

Let me fix that title "gender studies bubble is bursting". Though I'm not sure. Enrollment in college spiked during the recession as people found themselves out of work. It seems like the decline in attendance may just be people finding work.

College is still a great deal for most people as you end up making more in the long run than those who don't go. Of course college is a gamble because if you don't finish you end up with no degree and lots of debt.

Trade schools are a good choice and I think students should be encouraged to think about a career early on in high school.

It depends what degree you went for.

My engineering degree was taught by working or retired engineers. Focusing on math, physics and science. With no real sjw fluff.

I think a lot of the stories about colleges come from a few teachers who are very vocal.

Thank you for your service Sauger. I would agree that traveling the world and living locally is a greater education than a lot of colleges provide.

Engineering is a trade, though not quite at millwright level. If you can actually build the tools you design or operate the machine, then you are an engineer. An engineer trained by the armed forces is a valuable commodity in civilian life. Forgive my rudeness, but I suggest your greatest skill is the ability to consult with a skilled tradesman.

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I can't help but think that a college advertising classes in classic literature, languages, history, mathematics and sciences, with majors in legitimate areas such as law and engineering, advertising teachers hired for their actual qualifications to teach those classes, and refusing to have any of the bogus "studies" classes or participate in political indoctrination, would be overrun with applications. I believe there are teachers who really want to teach and want to teach to students who really want to learn. One of the great scandals of the 21st Century is the scam perpetrated on naive teenagers by "higher education", in promoting bogus classes that do nothing but allow young people to pretend they are really working at getting an education while assuming vast debt that can never be repaid by utilizing whatever they learned in these "studies" classes.

I think the whole purpose of this posting is not only wrong, but dangerous, in that is assumes that the entire purpose of education is to make money. It's not: is to create an informed citizenry. For example, how in the world can have informed citizens without the study of history, yet more and more colleges are making history strictly optional in favor of STEM education. The problem is not the biases of people who teach, but what we value as a culture.

Denmark: If the American educational system did its job correctly, we would have an informed citizenry by high school graduation. Colleges and universities would then function as true centers of higher learning, providing the knowledge and skill base for specific fields, whether in study or technical disciplines. Fixing K-12 education would go a long way to improving overall society.

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As a fellow engineer, my college experience 14-18 years ago, was mostly geared toward traditional information type classes. I took all the basics at a community college and the math classes, then transferred to a University to take 2.5 years of engineering classes. There are too many required classes in engineering to get into too much fluff. I am sure the community college left me with a lot less SJW than a University, because the professors were more down to earth and from a rural and more conservative area than most college professors. The engineering classes were 99% engineering and related material. Maybe that was my specific college, but I would guess that it is necessary to keep the scores up and maintain accreditation. A lot of this fluff is being promoted in the liberal arts, where the flexibility exists to get off of ridiculous topics.

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I think what Peter describes is going to happen, but I don't think we are there yet. I see more and more moves toward academies that teach the skills without adding the fluff. That information can then be transferred quicker and at a much lower cost. The cost goes down when you don't have to fund gender studies departments and cover every thing on campus in red tape and regulation. The worthless degrees will be the first ones to fail. To begin with, these departments will then be propped up by the rest of the school because the leftists in charge will not admit to those programs failing. Then they will drive up the cost of the rest of the classes or water down other curriculum by requiring people to take those types of classes. Eventually it won't support itself and even better alternatives will appear.

I am not convinced that we will ever see a great deal of change in the current higher education model as long as the government props it up with grant money and endless student loans. Once the cracks do show, the left will push harder to provide a "free college education" to everyone. That would be pushed mainly to fill the ranks of colleges back up, not only because they are major allies of the left, but they do a massive amount of work in indoctrinating new generations.

I think the model will shift to alternate forms of higher education, which will make a dent, but it isn't going to collapse the traditional college model. At least not for the foreseeable future. We are seeing this with K-12 education now in the recent rise of private schools, charter schools, academies and home schooling. These have all put a dent in traditional public schooling, but it isn't anywhere close to ending it. The percentages have maybe shifted from 95/5 to 90/10. I could see that getting to 70/30, but I don't see it going much beyond that. Most parents aren't going to spend the extra money/time/effort to do something different and some can't.

The government taking over the student loan program is only part of the problem.
Many of the the students are stuck in remedial classes without credit . No Child Left Behind and Common Core took education down instead of bringing students up. Trade schools, internships and apprenticeships have been cut, every one needs a four year degree that takes five or six. Universities have extended their academic years so there is less time for summer jobs. More people have Bachelor of Art degrees, to avoid math and lab requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree. The weakest degrees are those in the Fine Arts and Humanities when it comes to getting most jobs. Journalist might know all the rules for grammar and correct English but nothing about the subject they are reporting about. Many of the professors are hired because of their writings, but the classes are often taught by grad students. Our immigration policy allows people to be brought in and placed above our own citizens. Do work study programs still exist? How much of education is now on line? How much of the college cost, is room and board? Civics and history need to be taufgt but not indoctrination. They are a part of life. Do the colleges and universities gain with an attack on patriotism and values?

When we began to hype a college degree for everyone and began to shut down our Tech. schools I knew it would only be a matter of time before this country would be sorry we made that move. That day is here, and there are many colleged "educated" young people who cannot get a job that will help them pay back the money they spent getting the degree. Too often a degree is all but a useless piece of paper when it comes to getting good paying jobs and taking care of themselves, and now many are struggling to pay the debt they accrued during the four years (or more) that they wasted getting a college "education". It seems the education too many have received is one of economics -- that not all "investments" pay off and some "investments" can put them in debt almost beyond what the jobs they are able to get will be worth.

A lot depends on where you go to college and what your major is. My son who is a freshman getting a computer science degree says his math and CS instructors don't preach the liberal BS...he hears it only when he's in his liberal arts "core" courses, which he won't have many of because his major requires a lot of math. That's the same way it was decades ago when I got a CS degree.

I was in high school in the fifties and started Latin in the eighth grade. Also had a lot of history and civics classes before high school. Not sure what kids are being taught these days.

@adamant Kids are being taught how "corrupt and vile" capitalism is and that the world should be ruled by one government, countries shouldn't have borders and the US is guilty of everything.

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