Top Three Flawed Arguments of the Anti-College Crowd
The anti-college movement has been the subject of increasing media coverage over the past few years. Worry about rising debt loads, soaring default rates, and high unemployment rates among recent college grads — combined with the high-profile success stories of a few dropouts-turned-billionaires — has generated a cottage industry of books, t-shirts, websites, Twitter feeds, Ted talks, seminars, camps, and media tours, all pitching the idea that college is no longer worth it for anyone who isn’t focused on a specific career that absolutely requires an academic credential. The title of Dale Stephens’ upcoming book pretty neatly sums up the high concept: Hacking Your Education: Ditch the Lectures, Save Tens of Thousands, and Learn More Than Your Peers Ever Will. Now, this merry band of anti-college stumpers has finally generated enough press to merit its own trend piece in the Style section of the Sunday New York Times, which uncritically allows a handful of the movement’s luminaries ...
The Three Biggest Straw Men in the Anti-College Piece in the NYT Style Section
The anti-college movement has been gaining steam over the past few years amid headlines about rising debt loads, soaring default rates, and high unemployment rates among recent college grads. One key figure in the cause is Peter Thiel, who has offered intelligent students $100,000 to drop out of college and pursue a business venture–attacking the value of credentials even as his hedge fund recruits candidates demanding a “high GPA from a top-tier university.” Oth The merry band of anti-college stumpers have finally generated enough press to merit their own trend piece in the Style section of the Sunday New York Times Here are the top three straw men offered by Alex Williams, the journalist behind the story, and the experts quoted in it: 1. “Benjamin Goering does not look like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, talk like him or inspire the same controversy. But he does apparently think like him. . .Two years ago, Mr. Goering was a sophomore at the University of Kansas, studying computer ...
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