What Does a Liberal Arts College Education Get You in Today's America?
A guaranteed snowflake.
By Ric Wasley
June 25, 2018
It gets you a guaranteed snowflake.
At this time as America’s institutions of higher learning disgorge another crop of young graduates eager to make their mark on the world, perhaps it behooves us to step back and take a look at what we as parents, taxpayers, and especially students are actually getting for the billions that we drop down the rabbit hole of ‘higher education’.
In fair disclosure let me say at the outset, that I am a holder of two Liberal Arts degrees that most certainly helped me gain employment and lead a successful and productive life.
I have also long subscribed to the classic notion that a liberal arts education has historically produced a well-rounded and thoughtful person, open to new ideas and stimulated to continue a lifetime of learning and growing. Most importantly, a Liberal Arts education exposed you to new ideas, different viewpoints, and (hopefully) taught you how to think and how to question.
You will notice I used the past tense.
Why? Because sadly, today's Liberal Arts education produces exactly the opposite of what I described.
Instead of allowing young minds (which are at their most malleable and naturally open to new thoughts, viewpoints and experiences) to question and learn - the rigid, propagandist brand of ersatz professors on today's campuses follow the Marxist/fascist model of intimidation and indoctrination.
These sorry excuses for educators have abrogated every responsibility that a teacher should hold dear. Instead of encouraging learning, rational thought, and questioning, these ideologues in professorial robes punish it by ridiculing and failing any student with courage enough to question their "politically correct” leftist orthodoxy.
Don’t these propagandists realize that they are following in the intolerant footsteps of Hitler, Stalin, and Mao - Or is that actually their goal? Either way, that is the result they are producing.
They are turning out students who have been brainwashed and enter adulthood with no ability or interest to question and think for themselves.
We have seen all too often what happens when you put a generation of brainwashed young ideologues who have been taught to be intolerant, in charge of a society. Their track record has not been impressive. That is unless you happen to like the results of a Hitler, Stalin, or Chairman Mao.
What then are the options for a parent of school-age children, especially those who are going to be heading off to college? It seems that there are only three choices available.
One: Try to find a college where the professors still believe in teaching rather than social justice proselytization.
Sadly, that option is becoming increasingly difficult as the left tightens their stranglehold on the engine of education. Which leaves...
Two: Urge your potential college student to go into the sciences and avoid all Liberal Arts courses like the plague that they have sadly become.
or, Three: Perhaps the most practical of them all. Forget about college altogether and focus on learning a skill and trade that will not only guarantee a good paying, steady job but will have the added personal benefit of leaving them free to think for themselves.
That is more than many of today's colleges will do.
Ric Wasley is a writer and lecturer, as well as the author of the popular McCarthy Mystery Series. Ric has had a 40 year professional career history in advertising, publishing and marketing in Boston, New York and San Francisco. He has degrees in history and psychology and has been trained in debating, public speaking and stage acting. A large part of his 40 year career was spent in numerous professional and business settings as a presenter and featured speaker at seminars and professional meetings. Ric has been a visiting professor at Worcester Polytech Institute. He also teaches a popular course on marketing for authors at prominent venues such as the venerable “Cape Cod Writers Conference.”
Wasley has been involved in both print and broadcast media as well as writing for business and commercial markets for over 30 years and continues to consult for a major media company. In addition to his novels and short stories, he has been published in several literary magazines. Wasley currently divides his time between Boston and his home on Cape Cod where he continues to write, lecture and create worlds where the unexpected thrives.