Rant on Education

I am a testament to the inadequacy of the education system, on multiple levels. As I have mentioned in a previous post, I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering, concentration in Aerospace, minor in Mathematics. Sounds impressive all together, doesn’t it? And yet, what do I know of a car engine? Ventilation? Air foil design? Very little. And it isn’t even because I forgot about it; I was never taught it. Perhaps it is my school, which isn’t a prestigious one by any means. But my school is accredited. My degree actually means something to someone.

And here I am, back in the system working on my Master’s degree. I know how the system is complete bullshit, and yet. . . here I am. Here’s the secret to being an engineering student: make good friends with your colleagues, do your homework, memorize what you need to, pass the tests, and then dump all the information. Repeat every semester for every class, and boom! You’re crossing a stage in front of thousands of people, grabbing an empty, fancy folder, shaking hands, wondering what the hell happened to those 4+ years of your life, your head only a little fuller than it was before you poured time and money into this thing called higher education.

Our high schools, middle schools, hell even elementary schools cram it down our throats that we need to go to college. Going to college will guarantee us a job. Going to college is worth the cost, no matter what degree you get. Just go to college and your future will be secure or you’ll figure out your life or you’ll at least meet new people who will stick with you for the rest of your life. Why is that? What does college give us? I can tell you one thing it guarantees: money out of our hands. If you have no idea what you’re going to do with your life, the last thing you should do is commit to going to college. Find a shitty job, work, earn money, pay rent.

College can teach you a lot of things, it’s true; and some of those things can even get you lai- I mean, paid. But is it worth it? Depending on what you want to do, maybe, but probably not. It will suck up your money and time and leave you questioning your purpose every day if my experience is the norm, and in the end, all you have to show for it is a piece of paper that says you know how to jump through hoops and hop when an authority figure says frog. It doesn’t mean you’ll know how to do the things your degree implies you should know how to do.

The standards are low for teachers, at least in my department at my university. Only a select few know how to teach in an effective manner and convey information in a way as to promote learning. The testing methods are laughable. I was never really taught the principles of subjects; just memorize this equation, use this method when this key word appears. But perhaps I simply don’t have the mind for it, in which case the system should reveal that. It should be something I have to overcome in order to succeed. As it is, I can surpass those who know the material far better than myself because I know how to test. I know how to jump through hoops, how to hop when an authority figure says frog.

I know how to bullshit. And that’s all my college experience has ever been. Bullshit. Do I regret it? No. Would I recommend it? Hell no.

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~I mean, come on, the more people getting college degrees, the more competition everyone else has for job hunting. The college degree has been watered down to shit. Why aren’t skilled labor careers suggested?~

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