Originally Posted by Robert Goodman
I teach college as an adjunct, and I tell my students college is a racket.
I find that very sad, especially but not only because I think that could be very undermining to someone who worked very hard to get to college and is enjoying their experience there.
If you think college is a racket, perhaps you shouldn't teach there.
I agree that, for some people, college isn't all it's cracked up to be. Some people are there for the wrong reasons. But for some people, college is a logical extension of their love of learning. For some people, it is their ticket to the career of their choice (for example, in my state, you can't practice social work without a license, and you have to have a degree in social work to get a license). How well someone does in college does matter to some employers. For some people, good grades reflect an ability to memorize and dump or perform well on tests, but for other people good grades reflect a commitment to a task and a thorough understanding of what is being studied. I think it's disrespectful of your students to stand in front of them and essentially tell them that their efforts and interests are for naught.
And I am one of the first to agree that college is not an automatic ticket to success.