Please consider the following questions: Ask yourself how one actually becomes supposedly well-rounded? Do you really need to take useless college courses that have no relation at all to your chosen major to become well-rounded? Is becoming socially active necessary to achieving the coveted well-rounded label? Or is social activism central instead?
Is it not entirely possible to become a mature, productive individual with a strong work ethic capable of making informed decisions based on sound judgment without ever even attending college?
You may answer yes to this last question but there are many who firmly disagree and truly believe this is impossible. That it cannot be done. That becoming a meaningful member – a well-rounded member – of society is contingent on acquiring a degree because possessing any degree is obviously far superior to having no degree at all, no matter the cost or time expended.
It’s obvious that being coerced into taking unnecessary courses as part of degree curriculum requirements has very little to do with a student becoming a supposedly well-rounded individual but everything to do with generating profit for the college or university in question. Pushed into taking courses you have no need for is just part of the well-rounded process. Correct?
Zero Gain: That’s right. There is zero benefit gained for the students, their parents, and their prospective future employers by requiring these courses to be taken solely for the reason of satisfying degree requirements. Despite many claims to the contrary, taking these courses will likely result in nothing positive for the students themselves. Additional time wasted and money spent by the students is what the colleges can expect and rely on. Students are intentionally forced to pay for courses they do not need and their completion of degree requirements will be delayed. Again, the only realized long term benefit here favors the college or university in question. Basically it’s pay up and shut up – they know what is best. Or to be more precise, they know what is best for the higher education establishment – not the students.
Some state that certain courses you could be required to take in college that seem immensely irrelevant at the time could someday prove to actually be highly beneficial later in life. This is undoubtedly true. You never know what type of information committed to memory years before could one day prove to be useful in the right situation. The possibility is always there that some obscure fact or small bit of knowledge acquired in a seemingly unrelated college course and stored away in the recesses of your mind could play out decades later as being relevant if the circumstances arise.
But college today is far too expensive and time intensive to play this “what if” scenario on an ongoing basis.
College does not need to be free and in the hands of the government. It just needs to be efficient and affordable. Currently it is neither. Graduates should not be forced to mortgage their future because of high-end five or even six figure student loan debt. This is not higher education as it should be where the student’s academic success is the absolute first and foremost priority. The top priority at our colleges and universities now has devolved into these institutions setting themselves up as vast storehouses of wealth. Their priorities have been corrupted by this lust for wealth and their true mission to properly educate our next generations has been forsaken by greed.