Why Universities have become irrelevent

I have to be honest, I despise universities in general. And also my own. Why? Because whatever supposed education I could get from here is worthless for any number of job descriptions. And due to my experiences with academics I am also convinced that the manner in which students are taught is deeply flawed and contributing to an idiotic mindset. This applies only to arts subjects – people doing actual sciences and languages are excluded, as their subjects are founded on a comprehensive technical understanding. So really this leaves history and politics, two of the most popular but slipshod subjects in the country.

Granted, one has to have a certain basic understanding of language to be able to properly frame a response to a question. However I didn’t get an “A” at History A-Level and 100 per cent in my politics GS exam because I wrote rubbish. I know for a fact that apart from certain people I’ve read more on just about everything. And despite the fact it has bugger all to do with my course I also know that I’m more knowledgable, better acquainted with different styles and therefore of much greater use to society. And I did NOT need a three year sojourn at university to be able to do that.

I mean for God’s sake, what does a History Degree or a Politics Degree prove you can do? That you can take inordinate amounts of shit on board and produce it in a manner acceptable to someone who was getting high in the 60s and 70s? For some reason it “proves” that you are adaptable to any number of accepted social constraints and have a work ethic. Bollocks. Having gone through more than a decade of life in proper educational institutions you have already proved that you can adapt to all kinds of rules, regulations and deadlines. And after university you are going to have to conform to them all over again. Which suggests that University really is a massive state subsidised piss-up.

One year of REAL “full time” Higher Education is what is really needed. The Labour Government did a good thing when it allowed the state-financed university sector grant shorter degrees – previously this had only been allowed in the case of the handful of private universities. Making university students do a condensed, serious year of study will show that they’ve earned their degree, decrease the burden upon the state and themselves which accrues after years of study, and set them up for the rest of life. Then when they’ve got a wage they can drink themselves silly. No doubt many people already did before even getting to university.

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