My friend Joe Procopio, the publisher and founder of IntrepidMedia.com, just put out a new column about the escalating cost of higher education in this country, what you actually get out of it, and whether it’s worth it.
This topic has actually been on my mind a fair amount lately, partially because I’m a new dad who needs to start saving for his son’s future, partially because the topic just seems to be going around lately (Occupy Wall Street, etc.), and partially because I constantly wonder if selling both my legs would fetch me enough money to re-enroll in school (and also pay for the time machine that will make me 18 again). Because I would give up the ability to walk to be back on college RIGHT NOW.
The prospect of paying upwards of $50,000 a year so my son can earn a degree in keg stands does not thrill me. Especially since, if he’s anything like me, he’s gonna go for the liberal arts education, which is about as useful as a degree in keg stands.
Anyway, check out the piece – the author actually went to school for engineering and as a result, his point of view is that it’s not the brand name of the product that counts, it’s what’s actually in the box when you get it home (because when you go to school for an actual degree, the things you learn are skills, instead of the answers to Final Jeopardy). Unlike most things involving engineering, the column is interesting.
And, as a bonus, it features a silly headshot of the author, who inexplicably thinks he’s some kind of guitar hero stud when he’s the size a small potato and has girlier hair than Justin Bieber.