Soon, our campuses will be filling with students, and I'm looking forward to the start of classes. That said, I know there are people out there about to make a last minute decision to rush into college, to take on huge debt for the chance of getting a degree that will lead to a magical high paying job.
I would be remiss if I didn't give such people a chance at a fair warning.
education today is, for most institutions, a fraud on many levels. The
first year or so of posts on my blog covers it all, and I encourage the
interested reader to start from the beginning. If you want a full
discussion of the massive fraud that is higher education in print, please
consider getting Why Johnny Can't Read, Write, or Do 'Rithmetic Even With A College Degree,
which also includes dozens of references to reports and documentation
showing exactly how it is that a college graduate can easily leave
college with no measurable gain in any skill or ability, but many
thousands of dollars of debt.
For most people, simply not going into higher education is the best choice. If you know someone thinking about going into higher education, this book might save them from making a life-destroying decision.
If I can't dissuade
you from what is the best choice for most people in higher education
today, and you are determined to get a degree, any degree, as simply as
possible, as cheaply as possible (and, for cheap, nothing beats
University of the People, with $1,000 a year tuition costs), with the least
chance of failure, allow me to present a Plan B:
My book, What To Do If You Are Failing in College
covers all the pitfalls administration has set up, and shows how to
avoid the traps that have been set, traps that will prolong you or your child's
stay in college much longer than could possibly do any good.
You can already buy books on how to study, how to take notes, and my
book only has a little to add to all the "study and work hard" advice
already out there. Instead, I focus on the reality of college...what you
should be doing the first week of classes, the first month, by
mid-terms, by finals. What you need to have done before you even sign up
for your 5th semester of classes. What your 4th year of coursework
should look like, regardless of your major.
In short, I
cover how to really play the "get a degree" game, in a way that no
other book addresses. If you really want to go to college and get a
degree, this book has far more real information than you'll get from any
administrator, who for the most part is highly motivated to trick you
into any number of traps administration has set up to prolong your stay
as long as possible.
I thank the gentle reader for his patience; a new post will be up tomorrow.