Are Too Many People Going to College?
In the article, Murray discusses the theory that too many people are going to college. In America and even the rest of the world, further education is being pushed on students with promise of success and a sense of accomplishment. In his writing, Charles Murray expresses his opinion that not everyone is meant to go to college, even if society thinks otherwise.
Murray comes up with three main arguments to support his view on the matter. 1. He believes that any person should already have gained all their core knowledge needed to get through life in grades K through to 8 and not in college. 2. Murray states that people use a college education and their degree as something that looks good on their resume and therefore appealing to employers. 3. Another point Murray brings up is that he believes that people go to college for the education that they already have and that the whole process is completely unnecessary when it comes to learning new things and furthering ones progress.
Murray holds nothing against college itself but does strongly believe that the education system and societies views against it should change.
Murray acknowledges the importance of a college education but he does believe that it should be taught in a different environment. “More people should be getting the basics of a liberal education. But for most students, the places to provide those basics are elementary and middle school.” Murray elaborates that children are much more susceptible to learning and being taught things at a younger age and that therefore they should be taught and put through the paces of a liberal education during the early stages of their life and not in college.
Murray believes that a lot of people who are currently in college do not really need the education because they have all the basics of what the need to be successful. I can fully agree with this statement as a student currently going through college; my years at college have been cluttered with a whole bunch of classes which do not relate to my major in the least. Classes like art and religion and history do not concern me in the least and while I understand that a broad spectrum of subjects is vital in creating a well-rounded and culturally developed person I agree with the author when he says that most of an adults knowledge should be learnt in their early years of education. The blame is transferred to parents and high school teachers and guidance counselors and also society as a whole for pushing and putting the pressure on students to go to college because that is the expectation for someone to further their education. Murray makes a point in saying that “The Ph.D. is supposed to signify expertise, but that expertise come from burrowing deep in to a specialty, not from the dozens of courses.” I’m not 100% sold with the idea of a Ph.D. (especially if it is medical) is the best example to use, but for subjects like I.T. for example, I personally haven’t learnt a whole lot at college studying the field but I am convinced I’ll advance a lot quicker if I had actual hands on experience in the workforce.